How A 12-Year-Old Egyptian Boy Shocked Interviewer With Concise, Eloquent Explanation Of His Country’s Crisis

Egypt’s second-wave revolution has never had quite as eloquent an explanation as it gets from the lips of a 12-year-old boy on the streets of Cairo.

Ali Ahmed was interviewed by the Egyptian newspaper Al Wady at a protest in October 2012. This was after former President Mohammed Morsi had consolidated much of his power as president, but before the controversial (and, in retrospect, regime-ending) constitution had passed.

“I’m here today to help prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person,” Ahmed says in a YouTube translation. “And to protest the confiscation of the constitution by one single party.”

The video was uploaded to YouTube in late March — with the title “Egypt : The Next President” — gaining widespread viewership this past week after being shared on Reddit and Facebook.