Saudi stocks notch higher, rest of Gulf weighed down by bank shares    Egypt PM expects signing IMF deal within two months    National Youth Conference kicks off today in Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh    Oil prices dip on OPEC squabbles ahead of planned production cut    Police officers suspected to be behind Ismailia jail break    Battle for Mosul can shape or break Iraq further    Clinton says to focus on issues, not Trump    Battle for Aleppo intensifies after ceasefire ends    Egyptian fishermen detained near Tunisian port of Sfax    UK tries to make up for burying explosives in Egypt's western desert    Senior Egyptian general shot dead outside home    EU, UNDP inaugurate artificial limbs centre in Egypt's north west coast    Support Egypt sweeps parliamentary committees    Sinai: A new focus    The battle for Mosul    Iran's role in Mosul    Desperate times for tourism    Better with age    Early handshake    Silver splash    4G enabled    FDI galore?    Top notch defence for policeman    CINEMA    Religious anonymity    Café de Paris butter stuffed breaded chicken    THEATRE    Cry my beloved language    The fall of ‘Nobel'    Egypt and world oil prices    Egypt, Japan to sign two financing deals in final week of October    Prominent Egyptian poet Farouq Shousha dies at 80    Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize first time for songwriter    Serena Williams speaks out against police killings: 'I won't be silent'    Supercar maker McLaren says not in talks with Apple    Sherif Osman Secures Egypt's First Gold Medal at Rio Paralympic Games    تغريدة - هكذا كانت تهنئة نجوم وفرق العالم للمسلمين بعيد الأضحى    صورة- ذا روك يعلن عن بطلة فيلمه الجديد Jumanji 2    Court sentences Geneina to 1 year in prison    Egypt will always remain an oasis of security: Sisi    Egyptian Exchange gains EGP 2 billion on Thursday    Obama Passes Torch to Clinton, Slams Trump    Egypt in the international media    Azhar rejects Egypt govt decision to standardise Friday sermons    British delegation agreed MB designation as a terrorist group, MPs    Egypt in the international media    Egyptian Lebanese House to release Shahawy's new book next month    Antiquities Min. to extend Archaeological Transcripts& Books Fair    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Threads of a tapestry: the lady that sells tissues
Published in Daily News Egypt on 04 - 09 - 2012

On one of Cairo's famous squares, Sabah Mahmoud and her two year old daughter sit quietly on the pavement. Mahmoud makes her living buying tissues and selling them for a small markup, but mostly she gets by on people's charity. “The people are very nice here and mostly they help me. Some tell me to get a job but they do not know how it is." She said she randomly picked the spot to sell her wares and that sometimes when she leaves and comes back, there is another woman in her place and she has to share, since there are no standardised rules about where people can sell. She says the police never bother her because she knows them and since the revolution, they do not seem to care.
Mahmoud has been in the square for five years. For 60 months, she has lied to her son, who is in middle school, about being on the street with his sister. “You do not understand", she said. “My son's future would be ruined if people found out. His friends would taunt him, it would be catastrophic."
She adamantly refused to have her picture taken. “Not even a picture of just the merchandise?" we asked. “No, not even." She explains that being from Upper Egypt if anyone found out about her selling tissues it would mean she would be stigmatised. “I come from a good family," she said, as if countering something we had said. She was a woman with pride. Despite of how she helps provide for her family and herself, her reputation remains her most valuable asset.

Clic here to read the story from its source.