Suc­cess elu­sive amid un­rest

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By WANG LEI in Cairo Xin­hua

When I first saw him, 23- year- old Ahmed Has­san was look­ing at­ten­tively at a bunch of flow­ers in his fa­ther’s flower shop, lo­cated in Maadi, a south­ern dis­trict of Cairo.

Shift­ing the flow­ers around, he did his best to make a more at­trac­tive ar­range­ment.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the fac­ulty of tourism and ho­tel man­age­ment at Cairo Univer­sity, he de­cided to work for a while in the fam­ily store be­cause it was dif­fi­cult to find a job else­where.

“I have been work­ing here for more than 10 years, but our busi­ness never went through such a dif­fi­cult time as dur­ing the past few months,” he said.

Egypt de­scended into chaos af­ter the mil­i­tary ouster of for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi in early July. The in­terim gov­ern­ment im­posed a three­month long state of emer­gency, in­clud­ing cur­fews, as the op­po­nents of mil­i­tary rule clashed with se­cu­rity forces. The coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion has be­come sharply di­vided on its fu­ture and who should lead it.

“Ob­vi­ously, the mood of the Egyp­tian peo­ple has been greatly af­fected,” he said.

“I felt that the Egyp­tian peo­ple be­came more emo­tional. They be­came gloomier and some­times even ner­vous, al­though they still en­tered my shop and bought flow­ers.”

Has­san has a very sim­ple and frank wish for the com­ing year.

“I hope that the gov­ern­ment will fo­cus more on the econ­omy to im­prove peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards. There­fore, peo­ple will need more flow­ers and our busi­ness will get bet­ter and bet­ter,” he said, adding that he wants to earn more money.

“If my fi­nances al­low it, I’d like to study abroad. Europe is maybe the best choice,” he said.

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