Egyptians locate man in viral photo on Jan. 25 anniversary

A man, identified by social media users as Mahmoud Abdelaal, reacts as his taxi is torched during confrontations between state forces and protestors. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

The grief felt by one man over the loss of his taxi reached Egypt’s prime minister after a photo of the moment went viral over the weekend, Egyptian Streets website reported.

Mahmoud Abdelaal’s taxi was set on fire as it was caught in confrontations between security forces and protestors marking the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

At least 20 people were killed in demonstrations this year, mainly in Cairo and Alexandria, state officials were cited by media.

Moataz Zaki took the photo in the al-Matareya area of Cairo, documenting Abdelaal’s plight and then uploaded the photo to his Facebook page.

Soon after, Abdelaal, who had been identified after the picture flooded social media, received a phone call from a government representative who said he had “very good news,” the photographer said in a post on his Facebook page.

Earlier reports said Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb ordered the purchase of a new white taxi after the politician heard of Abdelaal’s story.

The Facebook post with the photo has been shared almost 400 times in addition to receiving more than 1,000 likes.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43