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month, but others live job to job, some earning as little as ten pounds a day, or less than two dol- lars. e muezzin may be better o than many, but his wife looks miserable. She spends most of the trip staring blankly out the window, holding a tissue over her nose. " ere is no trust, no security," says Momen Hassan, the 22-year-old conscript. When I ask his opinion of the revolutionaries in Tahrir, he says, "I'm not against them, but I'm de nitely not for them." He's not surprised by the misdeeds of the former regime, but he likens corruption to a tree with deep roots: Cut it down, and over time it will grow back. "Democracy is good," he says, "but we can't rush it. If you let the leash go completely loose, people will do whatever they want. We need a rm hand." is view is not uncommon in the country- side. Nearly everywhere we go, Egyptians express anxiety about al amn---security. Many seem Egyptian revolutionaries have battled for freedom and also for dignity. But the economy is suffering, and the challenges are many: unemployment, inadequate education and health care, insufficient housing, and mind-numbing traffic. Je rey Bartholet is a former Washington bureau chief at Newsweek magazine. Alex Majoli, a Magnum photographer, covered the Arab Spring.