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Rural Egyptians Welcome Change, Economic Worries Linger

The Egyptian village of Kafr Torky lies along the banks of the Nile, seemingly a world away from the passions that played out further north, in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Yet even in such a bucolic setting, the demonstrations and ultimate victory of the protesters proved riveting. Villagers share some of the same complaints, especially economic, that are still bringing protests in the nation's cities.

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The entrance to Kafr Torky, largely spared the unrest, but hoping to benefit from a changing Egypt, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)
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The entrance to Kafr Torky, largely spared the unrest, but hoping to benefit from a changing Egypt, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)

Villager Ragab el-Gazzar defends former President Hosni Mubarak, but welcomes change, Kafr Torky, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)
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Villager Ragab el-Gazzar defends former President Hosni Mubarak, but welcomes change, Kafr Torky, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)

Even with a national uprising, farmers must till the soil. Near Kafr Torky, Egypt, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)
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Even with a national uprising, farmers must till the soil. Near Kafr Torky, Egypt, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)

The Nile has allowed agriculture to flourish for millenia, but a farmer's life remains hard . Near Kafr Torky, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)
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The Nile has allowed agriculture to flourish for millenia, but a farmer's life remains hard . Near Kafr Torky, February 13, 2011 (VOA photo - E. Arrott)

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