Chico State Student & Local Artist Caught in Egypt Uprising

Mar 4, 2011 9:02 PM

Ben Lukas was in Egypt setting up his glass blowing company when the uprising began. He got caught in the crossfire, standing beside the people of Egypt as they tried to take back their country. Ben describes his trip as, "Very humbling, very enlightening. All around just a wholesome experience."

Ben Lukas is only 23-years-old, and has already witnessed firsthand a piece of history. On December 4th, Lukas flew to Egypt to open a glass blowing workshop, Babylon Art Movement.. But had no idea what he was about to experience. "It's really indescribable. It's really not as bad as it seems in some cases, and in some cases it's a whole lot worse."

Lukas actually got caught in the middle of the chaos. "There was a line of cops, and streets full of protestors. And then the cops started launching tear gas at us.. It wasn't an absolute state of chaos, it was that people were genuinely afraid for their lives, so civilians took to the streets to protect their homestead."

And after 18 days of protest, Lukas explains the moment President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. "People are coming from everywhere. People are crying, people are dancing, huge groups of dudes are singing and dancing in a circle. It was really the most beautiful thing to be there."

Lukas and his business partner Nate Williams opened a glass blowing branch in egypt to spread the popular art in a country with limited supplies. "The idea with this profit is to give back to that community and start programs in that community, such as garbage collection programs, education programs.. Focusing on the community, impacts the small steps you can take, to make really big improvements."


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