On the day before a national day of protest in the UK about library cuts it seemed eerie to read the following on the MobyLives blog
'In a week that’s been described as chaotic and now violent, the
unrest in Egypt seems not to have given way to the large-scale looting
of libraries. In fact, the protests seems to have brought out the best
in Egypt’s citizens, who are banding themselves together to protect
their literary treasures.'
Apparently, the library director of the Bibliotheca Alexandria praised the citizens of Alexandria for coming together to
protect the library in the face of confusion and disorder gripping the
country due to growing violence. “The library is safe
thanks to Egypt’s youth,” he said.
And now, even after a week that has seen a violent turn of events,
the new threats have not deterred these volunteers from keeping their
So what is it that is so obviously worth protecting to Egyptians that isn't apparent to us?