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Egypt native reacts to turmoil in home country


All the unrest in Egypt has some in central Wisconsin concerned for their families.

Ibrahim Saleh was born in Egypt and lived there until he was 30.

"My mom still lives there and I call her almost every day," said Saleh.

Now, Saleh is an assistant professor at UW-Marathon County. Even though he's more than 6,000 miles away, Saleh says he keeps a close eye on his home.

Saleh says he was surprised as the number of deaths continued to rise.

"We actually did not expect this bloodshed. We did not expect this big number of people who are killed or injured," said Saleh.

Saleh still has a number of family members living in Egypt.

"It affects their lives a lot. For example, nobody is able to go to his work place. Most likely they store food and stuff because, Cairo especially. My mom lives in Cairo, is not safe at this moment," said Saleh.

He says he hopes for a peaceful resolution, but he doesn't want to be unrealistic.

"Because I am a mathematician, I always hope for things that I think will happen. I don't want to be a dreamer," said Saleh.

So for now, Saleh says he'll continue to talk to his family regularly and keep an eye on what's happening in Egypt.


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