Shaimaa Sabbagh

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Shaimaa Sabbagh, Arabic: شيماء الصباغ , (1984 – January 24, 2015) was an Egyptian poet and activist. She died at Tahrir Square during a demonstration to remember the anniversary of the Arab Spring. [1]

Sabbagh was a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party. She became a symbol against Egypt's military.[2]

A photograph of Sabbagh's death got international attention.[3] The Egyptian photographer was Islam Osama. He worked for the Egyptian newspaper Youm El Sabea.[2] His photo received the Shawkan Photo Award in 2015.[4] The man in the picture who tried to help Sabbagh was Sayyid Abu el-Ela. He was a friend who was also at the demonstration.[5]

A police officer was convicted of killing her.[3] In 2015, the conviction was reversed.[6][7]

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  1. Kirkpatrick, David D. (17 March 2015). "Egypt to Charge Officer in Killing of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh" – via
  2. 2.0 2.1 Laurent, Jared Malsin, Olivier. "The Story Behind the Photo of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh's Dying Moments". Time.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Egypt policeman jailed over death". 11 June 2015 – via
  4. "Prize celebrates top Egyptian photojournalism of 2015". Middle East Eye.
  5. Anatomy of a Killing: How Shaimaa al-Sabbagh Was Shot Dead at a Cairo Protest
  6. Press, Associated (14 February 2016). "Egyptian court overturns police officer's conviction for killing female protester" – via
  7. CNN, Yousuf Basil and Ian Lee. "Conviction overturned in Shaimaa El-Sabbagh's death". CNN. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)