Faces of the Mideast Revolutions
After three months of revolt and revolution, it’s amazing to remember that this all began with a fruit vendor. On December 17, 2010, following an unsuccessful attempt to lodge a complaint with the government, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the small Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. His self-immolation set off nationwide protests the next day. They spread to Egypt weeks later. And now popular movements have engulfed the wider Middle East and North Africa in what’s come to be known as the Arab Spring. At the heart of the revolution and revolt are the raw passions of people demanding justice and freedom. Many of the people in the following images may just be ordinary citizens on any other day, but in these moments, they’re emotions are extraordinary.