University of Windsor Student says family safe but cautious in Cairo
Asil Moussa says 'the truth is very unclear' in Egypt
Although the situation in Egypt continues to be tense, a Windsor family decided to go ahead with a planned vacation to Cairo.
Asil Moussa along with her parents, two sisters and grandfather, made the trip to Cairo over the weekend.
The family is originally from Egypt, but moved to Canada nine years ago.
"My grandfather is really sick so we had already planned the trip before the unrest. We just wanted to go and see him. So, it was more of a family emergency than a vacation," said the digital journalism student at the University of Windsor. "We can hear gunfire. You can hear people screaming, but I’m not going by the window to check."
Moussa says she’s been in Egypt less than 24 hours and "already heard a million different viewpoints on what’s happening."
"People tend to believe the story of what political view they support. More than anything right now I feel like the truth is very unclear and it's divided people," Moussa said. "Marriages have been affected by it. Friends and family have been put on edge because of it."
Monday was the first day people could go back to work, but she says it’s still not safe to walk the streets.
"Food and shopping isn’t that easy because of the curfew and safety concerns," said Moussa, who has visited Cairo many times before without incident. "I wasn’t allowed to carry a purse the first time I left the house. Everyone I know has gotten robbed. You can’t even trust taxis anymore. People are on edge everywhere."
Last time I was here I went out by myself. I visited the mall, went to the park and stayed out late at night. Now you can’t even go out of the house, she said.
But leaving the house is a small part of what is a much bigger fear for many in Egypt, according to the 20-year-old.
"What worries them most is the state of Egypt. People are arguing, people are fighting. They don’t want a civil war," she said. " Everyone condemns the killing here and no one is sure where the country’s heading."
Though her family does not claim any political allegiance, Moussa says the western view of what’s happening in Cairo may not be accurate.
"I feel like media can be somewhat biased. Here the situation is pretty split. Everyone I’ve talked to is against the killing of innocent people, but people are split between supporting the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. The political agendas are very divided," said Moussa.
While things are calm in her neighbourhood now, Moussa says her family’s two-week trip will now only be one week.