22.3 C
Byron Shire
November 28, 2021

Warm friendship with Egyptians

Latest News

COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

Other News

New Russian satellite-killer produces decades of fallout

‘Irresponsible’ Russian anti-satellite weapon sends shockwaves through space community with 1500 fresh fragments cannoning about in low-Earth orbit.

Vale Mullumbimbian, Noel Ernest James

A Mullumbimbian through and through, Noel James was born in Mullum on April 3, 1928, in what seems to be a world away from today, but in his words, ‘it was only 93 short years ago’. 

Byron council candidates ‘Faustian deal with the devil’

The naivety, or worse still, the desperation for power has clustered the independents Lyon, Clarke, and Swivel in a...

Karma Indian Café, Byron

With a back story of love, good karma and street food from two completely separate states of India, it’s no wonder that Karma Café is one of the most popular Indian restaurants around.

What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

Day of the Dead ceremony in Mullumbimby

On Sunday about 200 people gathered to laugh, to cry, to mourn and to remember loved ones who have passed away, at the annual Day of the Dead Ceremony which this year was held at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby.

Thank you for the article outlining my encounter with the police and military in Egypt. However, your headline ‘Dylan’s not-so-excellent Cairo adventure’ might mislead readers into thinking my six months in Egypt was only a negative experience.

In fact, I made many close friends and learned a lot. The warmth of my Egyptian brothers is something I already miss after being home only five days.

It was so different to our homophobic society, being able to walk arm in arm down the street (‘engaga’ meaning ‘engagement’), a greeting kiss on the cheek on meeting a male friend.

Even using your mate as a pillow to lean on, hanging out on a street corner. Such a violent place but such open love shown among friends to each other. They’d greet me with ‘Dely! Habebe!’ (My Love!).

Or, ‘I love you Dely! Where is the woman!’ Yet they were tough dudes. Scars to prove it.

One of them, Mohamed, promised to cook me a birthday dinner. I sat alone till late at night waiting in my flat for him.

He finally called to apologise saying his friend had been shot in the head during the protest. He died that day, aged 22.

Dylan Bradbury arm in arm with some of his Egyptian friends. Photo supplied
Dylan Bradbury arm in arm with some of his Egyptian friends. Photo supplied

Unfortunately because it is a strict Muslim society, I did not have much interaction with young women. Just a few. My friend Sumar, whose brothers were very protective of her, had to hide our friendship from them.

I didn’t see one pyramid, the road was blocked by both military and protesters.

I didn’t see one tourist. I stayed in one section of Cairo, a city of 29 million people.

I got to know that area really well. I saw what the real Egypt was really like and I empathised with my friends in their struggle.

None of my friends wanted to stay in Egypt. They all wished they could come back with me to Australia. And I wish they could too. But it doesn’t work that way.

‘Would we face racism?’ they asked me. ‘Not in Byron,’ I told them.

I showed them pictures and they wished even more that they could come with me. They saw themselves as having a poor future. Demonstration after demonstration but nothing changed.

Within 24 hours of being home, I found out that three of my friends here had died. One from a suicide/OD, another in a car accident and yet another from a heart attack.

Dylan Bradbury, Brunswick Heads


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What a life changing experience you have had Dylan. I am deeply touched by your humanity and love. Stay in the present darling and realize that love and understanding will guide you through many experiences. You have a lot to give to the world. I do hope that you find a field of expression to study. Mum mentioned that you are keen to teach children. That would be wonderful and a ticket to further travel in the world. I recall your deep curiosity as a child when we would poke around crab holes in the ocean. Onwards with joy and love.

  2. Sadly Dylan, life is not as simple as we would like. I’m so proud of you and the fact that you went over to Egypt as you had been wanting to do for so long. You did so well to live and survive for as long as you did and I guess that what you saw has changed you forever and made you grow up very quickly. It is unfortunate that the press concentrates on the negative things so often but doesn’t want to know too much about the good that is being done on so many fronts by so many dedicated people. We’re so glad to have you home safe and sound and look forward to catching up and hearing some of your stories sometime.
    Lot of love,
    Auntie Ruth

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Kingscliff Public School gets long-awaited upgrade

If you were wondering what is happening at Kingscliff Public School, construction is well underway on an upgrade.

Community carers and responders program launched

Following the recent second anniversary of the bushfires that hit our region, Resilient Byron say they are proud to announce the beginning of their...

Leigh Thomas says political affiliations not relevant to Council decision making

Leigh Thomas is the lead candidate for Group M running in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections. Mr Thomas is a member of the...

When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.