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Egypt Silent on Death Toll As Photos and Online Memorials Emerge

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The Egyptian government has not released updated statistics regarding the number of lives lost in the current pro-democracy uprising, but the family and friends of those who have died are taking action to recognize loved ones, anyway.

Notably, one pro-democracy activist has started an online memorial using the website 1000memories, which allows users to build digital shrines to the deceased. Click through to this page, or click on the image below, and you'll be able to scroll through the photos and names of Egyptian protesters recently killed. The page includes pop-up boxes containing short bios, such as this: Sally Magdy Zahran, 23, producer and voice artist; killed in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011; hit in the back of the head with a bat, went home to sleep and never woke up.

Anyone can click into the page's source files to update its spreadsheet or correct information. A message at the top of the form says:
We are attempting to name all of the brave Egyptians and others who have been killed during the peaceful fight for freedom. If anyone has more information or we have made a mistake, please email (or @sabzbrach on Twitter) and I will fix it as soon as possible.

The memorial's anonymous organizers cite Human Rights Watch as the source of their information. Yesterday Human Rights Watch released a statement putting the death toll in Egypt at close to 300.

Earlier today, Wael Ghonim, a Google executive and blogger, “confirmed that he was the anonymous force behind” the We Are Khaled Said Facebook page that helped spark the protests in Egypt.

That page was dedicated to the memory of a 28-year-old Egyptian who was allegedly pulled from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beaten to death by two plainclothes police men.

Ghonim's release and subsequent speeches to fellow protesters are now said to be reviving spirits in Tahrir square, where men and women who lost sons, daughters and friends are arriving daily, carrying posters of those killed. 

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