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Photo Gallery: Chaos in Cairo

Sarah Mervosh | Monday, February 28, 2011

The Notre Dame students studying abroad in Cairo arrived to Egypt Thursday Jan. 20. Five days later, the protests that would eventually oust Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from his 30-year dictatorship began. Another five days later, the students were evacuated from the country and were sent to a safe haven in Istanbul, Turkey before continuing their studies in either London or South Bend.

These photos show typical aspects of life in Cairo, including one example of the many stray cats that lived on the streets and a photo of kushari, a typical Egyptian meal made of pasta, rice, lentils and beans that costs about 70 cents. Another photo shows the countless satellite dishes that were attached to buildings in Cairo.

As the protests intensified, the photos show tear gas smoke engulfing the city, students covering their mouths with scarves to avoid inhaling the toxic gas, a store that blocked its windows so that looters could not see in, the National Democratic Party building that had been set on fire in the protests and finally, Notre Dame students on their last day in Egypt waiting in line to be evacuated.