By the end of the summer, my wife and I had decided to take a break from our jobs.
They were both on maternity leave, and my wife wanted to stay home to raise our two young children.
So we went to Egypt to visit my parents, my sister-in-law and my sister’s boyfriend.
We didn’t expect the police to arrest him.
But it turned out that he was actually one of the few protesters in the country who had a criminal record.
My wife and we were arrested a few days later, and he was released after posting bail.
He was a political prisoner in the Egyptian Republic.
We had hoped he would be released because of his role in the anti-government protests in Tahrir Square.
But he was in jail for almost four years before being convicted in January 2017 for “inciting people to overthrow the government.”
In his first trial, the Egyptian Court of Cassation found him guilty of “incitement” but also acquitted him of “attempting to overthrow government,” a charge that carries a five-year prison sentence.
(This is a term for “insulting the government,” which is defined in Egypt as “the suppression of popular opinion by a group of people with a specific aim.”)
“The whole thing just felt really unfair, because he’s been through this before,” my wife said of the first trial.
“He has a history of being arrested for things that don’t exist, and it’s all a joke.”
We have been waiting for the verdict on the second trial to come, and the verdicts have been delayed.
I think that we’re in the middle of the second round of appeals and appeals courts, and we’re hoping that this will be the last one.
The government has denied the charges against my wife, and has said that the government will not allow anyone to be jailed for “the people’s interest.”
But for people like my wife who have been in prison for over a year, this doesn’t seem like a fair way to go.
I still believe that it’s an attempt to silence the protests and silence those who are protesting for better government.
In Egypt, we don’t have any other option.
People are dying in the streets every day.
We don’t know how many more will die before they die in jail.
The Egyptian government has been guilty of many things, including its human rights record.
But the human rights abuses it has committed are often justified as necessary to defend national security.
In the past, I have heard people tell me that they had no choice but to join the protest against the government in Tahir Square, which was an act of political defiance, or they would be arrested by the security forces.
I have also heard people describe it as a form of “martyrdom.”
People who are in prison don’t always think about the repercussions of their actions.
My husband’s conviction was a shock to us, but the government has done a lot to try to put a face on the issue.
The only time I have seen people being arrested is when they are protesting and are caught with an item.
We have heard about people who were arrested because they were carrying a backpack that was found with a piece of cloth, or because they had a small stone.
It doesn’t always end with jail.
The main thing that I have found is that, in Egypt, people are willing to do anything to protest.
People who were convicted of the most serious charges were not just released after appealing.
They had to pay a heavy price, and they paid it in blood.
My family and I have been told that our lives were in danger because of our political beliefs.
This is the price we have paid for daring to protest in the name of our country.
But I think I’m starting to understand that people have to choose between being an Egyptian and being a human.
If you don’t choose to be an Egyptian, you are an Egyptian who can’t choose between freedom and security.
My goal is to raise awareness about what Egypt has become, and how our rights have been reduced in the past decade.