Buzz

Eight-Year-Old Child Cannot Go to School so He Sells His Drawings on the Stairs of a Cairo Metro

Eight-Year-Old Child Cannot Go to School so He Sells His Drawings on the Stairs of a Cairo Metro

Imagine being told you can not return to school until you have 1000 pounds ($US 128). Imagine you’re just eight-years-old.

Moaaz was discovered by journalist Mohamed Ragab on the steps of a metro station near Cairo University. In a turquoise and yellow ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ jacket, Moaaz shows a diverse sample of his sketches to the journalist.

“Do you sell these drawings?” asks Ragab to the young, wide-eyed boy.

“Yes…for five pounds,” answers Moaaz with a smile. “I only sold three [drawings] today.”

“Do you sell anything else?” continues Ragab.

“Napkins,” says Moaz, pointing to a few packets next to his sketchbook.

Curious, Ragab asks whether Moaz goes to school.

“I used to go,” says Moaz with a hint of sadness. “I was staying with my [paternal] grandmother and then went to my father. He didn’t wake me up for school or give me any pocket money. I stayed a long time there.”

“Then I went back to my grandmother and she tried to get me back to school but they said I was too late and have to pay 1000 pounds because the [school] year has already started,” says Moaz who should have been in the third grade.

Despite having to sell napkins and his drawings on the steps of a Cairo metro, Moaz says “yes” when asked whether he is happy. However, his dream of going to school, a simple basic right for every child, remains unrealized.

Egypt Welcomes 2016 With Fireworks, Light Show at the Pyramids
Three Egyptians Brighten Up the Cairo Metro with Humorous Christmas Carols

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz
@khairatmk

Mohamed Khairat is the Founder of Egyptian Streets.

More in Buzz

Mohamed Salah: ‘We Need to Change the Way We Treat Women in Our Culture’

Egyptian StreetsApril 18, 2019

Mo Salah and Rami Malek Among TIME’s 2019 Most Influential 100!

Egyptian StreetsApril 17, 2019

Egypt’s First Polo Academy to Launch Its 3rd Annual Tournament This April

Mirna El SaiedApril 17, 2019

Five 90s Pop Songs That Changed Our Culture

ES BuzzApril 15, 2019

Egypt to Face Zimbabwe in the Opening of African Cup of Nations

Egyptian StreetsApril 13, 2019

In Pictures: Why You Should Visit Egypt’s White Desert This Year

Egyptian StreetsApril 8, 2019

Discovery Channel to Open Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus LIVE on TV

Egyptian StreetsApril 7, 2019

Memaar Al Morshedy Group Dicusses Innovation in the Real Estate Market Arab Conference at Harvard

Egyptian StreetsApril 4, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.