Viral Video: The 12-year-old who understands revolution better than adults

A video of 12-year-old Egyptian boy giving an interview to the Egyptian news outlet news outlet El Wady has gone viral.

The precocious 12-year old's intelligent take on why the Muslim Brotherhood needs to go has won him many fans on the Internet. The video was filmed in October 2012, but remains relevant given the recent events in Egypt with the ouster of Mohammed Morsi. Ali Ahmed is only 12 and a first grader, according to the interview.

Ahmed has a good grasp of what is wrong in his country. When asked by the reporter if he feels the country is not doing well and if it needs to change, he replies, "You mean politically or socially?"

Screengrab from YouTube.

Screengrab from YouTube.

He then goes on to touch on topics like wealth inequality in Egypt (how can an anchor get 30 million Egyptian pounds while people have no jobs or are hunting for food?) and the lack of rights for women (he points out how the Muslim Brotherhood has twisted the constitution to deprive women of equal rights).

On a Reddit thread, where the video was also shared, some have confirmed that the Arabic subtitling is pretty good and they were not falsified. Some commentators feel that video has been staged, and the boy's tirade was scripted. While we can't confirm if the video was staged, there's no denying it makes for an interesting watch, not just because of the turmoil in present-day Egypt but also because it's rare to chance upon a 12-year-old who can speak so coherently about the state of a nation.

Watch video below:

Updated Date: Jul 08, 2013 11:52 AM

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