- Posted February 3, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Revolution in Egypt
My normal peaceful neighborhood
- nancyt3, CNN iReport producer
I am attaching a few pictures of our normally peaceful neighborhood of Maadi, Cairo. In addition, I am including the description of my husband being shot by police.
Cairo, Egypt - January 28th, 2011 - ZUMA Press photographer Wally Nell was wounded by police after being specifically targeted. He suffered 18 puncture
wounds around the head and shoulders area while trying to move away with fellow photographer Dana Smillie. They were about 150 meters from the
closest protesters, when an armored police vehicle approached from the opposite side. The vehicle stopped about 100m away, a policeman took aim
with a shotgun, shot Dana Smillie, a photojournalist representing the Polaris news agency; and as they turned to run, Wally Nell was shot as well. They were specifically targeted by the police. They were covering Egyptians demonstrating under the 6th October Bridge at the Corniche on the Nile in downtown Cairo, in a concerted effort to draw attention to past police brutality, poverty and the rising cost of living; they covered this in spite of some deaths and many injuries caused by police heavy-handedness. Slogans were shouted
against the president of Egypt, Hosny Mubarak; urging his government to step down after being in power for 30 years. Other slogans shouted were calling for peace between Christian and Muslim religions.
My daughter and I are leaving for the US tomorrow and my husband is staying behind to continue to document the events happening in Cairo.