Egypt crisis has lasting effect on people of the Tri-State
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
4:45 AM, Jul 4, 2013
8:54 AM, Jul 4, 2013
While Egypt may seem like a world away, the recent political crisis in the country hits close to home for many people in the Tri-State.
9 On Your Side reporter Amy Wadas spoke with several people who've been affected by ouster of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi by that country's military.
"Morsi and the Brotherhood and the party … they oppressed people," said Northern Kentucky University student Mohab El Tawila, who says he was against Morsi's regime which only lasted a year.
"People in Egypt have been literally killing each other for gas, basic rights."
The 23-year-old Northern Kentucky University senior said he longs to be back in Cairo, Egypt with his friends and family cheering proudly in the streets.
"What's going on in Egypt is something that really shows the Egyptian mentality and how people get together in hard times and hardships and that was proved by having 33 million people in the streets marching peacefully. You don't see that in other countries," El Tawila sid
He said he no hesitations about moving back to Egypt.
"I'm going back to Egypt and I'm glad I'm going back to a clean Egypt," El Tawila said.
While El Tawila and others view the political happenings as a reason to go back, others are discussing the possibility of leaving.
Cincinnati-based Procter and Gamble has 1,200 employees in Egypt. Company officials in the country say they're monitoring the situation carefully and consider the safety of their employees their "number one priority."
P&G evacuated some of its employees during the 2011 uprisings in Egypt.
While not everyone in the Tri-State has friends, family or co-workers in the streets Cairo, University of Cincinnati Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Frierson said everyone in the United States is affected by the political turmoil.
Frierson, who specializes in Middle East studies, says the goings on in Egypt and the region are important to Americans because of their government's involvement and investment in that area of the world.
"The United States gives billions of dollars in subsidies to Egypt and Israel so our tax dollars are going to the Middle East, not just through gas tanks in our cars, but through diplomatic, political and military strategic ties."