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People of Cairo 
(speaks about the bread price increasing)
Rehab (young student): “I consider myself a lucky person, as my family and I have not suffered too much from the bread price increasing. Poor people are those penalized and bakers are the more corrupt” explain us hiding behind her brown veil.
Amal (29 years pharmacy assistant): “We can’t make anything! Nothing has changed for us, well-off family, apart the lines where we have to stand daily”.
Badr (65 years Coptic shoemaker): “There is not heart left, and not love in the world”, tells us remembering Oum Kalthom’s song, the most popular Egyptian singer.
Waleed (35 years mechanic): “I am forced to buy bread although I don’t like it. My wife must prepare sandwiches for the children school. She waits over half an hour in queue every morning next to the bakery”.
Ahlama and Rad (brothers and bread vendors): “This bag keeps costing 1 LE (0,12 euro), but before it contained 5 pieces and now only 4 and even smaller. There is no lack of bread here and no lines. Our bread is more expensive than the governmental bakeries one, where it is cheap, but sometimes not enough for all.”
Hagga (sand and concrete old lady owner): “Before I earned from 40 LE to 50 LE in a day (approximately 6 euros), today only 20 (around 3 euros)” confesses us. She spends every morning at 6 AM a quarter of her gain buying bread. “I stand in line and wait for my turn. If there is not enough bread I should arrange two turns with my daughter, otherwise they don’t sell it to us. Rabbina ais keda… God has decided so!”
Ahmad (bakery owner): “There are no lines in my bakery, we have enough bread for all!”
Imbaba-Cairo (Egypt), June 2008

Norbert Schiller
American reporter
Back from he first walking long distance trekking trail in the Arab World – 500 km through the Lebanese mountains
“I never had this idea that I would fall into a normal job (or a job that gave me security). Instead I was only interested in pursuing anything that would give me freedom. I see the trail as being more than just a path through Lebanon. I see it as the beginning of a path through the entire region linking Lebanon with Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Syria. If similar trails could be created in each of the above mentioned countries and linked together, if and when a true peace is achieved, then this new path could be called the ‘Peace Trail’!”

from United Arab Emirates, May 2009