The Egypt uprising took a shocking and surprising turn for the worst last week as brutal clashes broke out between the military lead interim government and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The world’s eyes have been firmly locked on the North African country, and with the latest turn in events likely to come in a split second, Twitter and other social networks have once again become the star of the revolution—much like in 2011, where activists used the platforms to drive what was dubbed the world’s first social media revolution.
This time around there have been a handful of people, in particular young journalists, activists and thinkers who have been leaders in providing invaluable and insightful information about what’s happening on the ground. They’re telling us what it means, and why it matters.
Here are our top picks of Twitter accounts to follow for the best insights from the ground on the Egypt uprisings.
1. Sharif Kouddous
This Egyptian-American journalist is based in Cairo. He shot to fame during the 2011 Egyptian uprising for his tweets and live reporting from Tahrir Square. The former investment banker is now a correspondent for Democracy Now! and a fellow at the Nation Institute.
“Friend in Imbaba told me: ‘Now you walk down the street and you don’t trust the person next to you. The country doesn’t feel safe.’” #Egypt
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) August 20, 2013
Follow him on @sharifkouddous
2. Sara Hussein
The Egyptian is a reporter with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the Middle East. Her insights as a native of the country provide a unique perspective to the crisis. From dodgy toothaches to daring encounters in the midst of violence, her accounts of a life lived in conflict are always colourful.
“Another morning waking up to more bloodshed in #Egypt. Starting to maybe understand what people in other Arab countries feel like.”
— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) August 19, 2013
Follow her on @sarahussein
3. Heba Morayef
As Human Rights Watch’s Director in Egypt, she investigates human rights abuses in Egypt. Her detailed reports, news releases and op-eds are an insightful view of the humanitarian crisis which many news media often overlook. She’s hard-hitting though, and pulls no punches when it comes to airing her views and calling out human rights abuses.
“To get to or out of Rab3a medical Center ppl, incl those carrying stretchers, have to run through sniper fire Not even safe exit for wounded.”
— hebamorayef (@hebamorayef) August 14, 2013
Follow her on @hebamorayef
4. Mosa’ab Elshamy
Mosa’ab Elshamy ‘s photographs of the crisis in Egypt are undoubtedly some of the most iconic images to come out of the region in recent weeks. The freelance photographer is based in Cairo, and first gained recognition with his coverage of the Egyptian revolution in 2011. His pictures appeared in TIME and Harper’s Magazine as well as on Aljazeera.
— Mosa’ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) August 18, 2013
Follow him on: @mosaaberizing
5. Gigi Ibrahim
She calls herself a revolutionary socialist but given her bubbly personality and ever present smile it’s easy to forget that Gihan Ibrahim, ( nicknamed Gigi) is one of the most tenacious activists and citizen journalists in the Arab world. After her reports on the uprisings in 2011 got her worldwide notoriety, the Egyptian is now a sought after journalist, and blogger . She has been featured across international news networks, and is often credited as being a part of a new generation of “citizen journalists” who document news events using social media.
— Gigi Ibrahim (@Gsquare86) August 19, 2013
Follow her on: @Gsquare86