For Everyday Heroes
Travel Sketches from Kairo

Munich comic artist Barbara Yelin processed her experiences from Cairo in transition at the end of 2011. Yelin was there for several months to conduct a workshop for comic artists and recorded brief vignettes from her everyday life there in a travel diary. In addition to all sorts of amusing everyday stories about defective washing machines and sometimes more, sometimes less racing car rides, readers would have noted one thing in particular: hope for change, for freedom and a better world.

Extracts from "Travel Sketches from Kairo":

  • Kairo 1 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 2 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 3 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 5 © Barbara Yelin (Detail)

  • Kairo 8 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 9 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 10 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 11 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 13 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 14 © Barbara Yelin

  • Kairo 15 © Barbara Yelin

About the artist Barbara Yelin:

Barbara Yelin

She has drawn for the Frankfurter Rundschau and the Tagesspiegel, publishes books and conducts workshops all over the world. Barbara Yelin is one of the best German-language comic artists.

Travelpedia: Kairo

  • Kairo: Brücke des 26. Juli © Barbara Yelin (Detail)

    Gezira is Cairo's largest Nile island. It is located in the city center and is separated into two districts by the Street of July 26: Ez-Zamalek in the north and El-Gezira in the south. The river island is one of the trendiest places in the city. It is particularly nice to stroll along the banks of the Nile and watch the goings-on on the water.

  • Kairo: Copts © Barbara Yelin (Detail)

    The largest population of Arabic-speaking Christians in absolute numbers lives in Egypt. Most of them, up to eleven million Egyptian Christians, are Copts. They are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. The Copts do not describe themselves as Arabs, but rather as Arab or Arabic-speaking Christians.

  • Kairo Tahrir © Barbara Yelin (Detail)

    Tahrir Square (Liberation Square) is an important downtown square in Cairo. During the Arab Spring of 2011, the square became a symbol of the Egyptian Revolution as a rally for and against the then President Hosni Mubarak.

Jens Wiesner about "travel sketches from Kairo"

Her pencil rushes over the paper as fast as the Egyptian taxi drivers on their way to Tahrir, sometimes with more force, sometime gently, so that the often turbulent and noisy everyday life of Cairo literally jumps at the reader from the pages."


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