Local Egyptians React To Changes In Their Native Homeland

By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This week's call to prayer at the Islamic Center of Charlotte is bringing moments of thanks for those with family ties to Egypt.

Kareem Abdelnabi lives in Charlotte, but has family in Egypt.

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "My family over there are throwing off fireworks. This is a new breath of fresh air."

For members of the local mosque in East Charlotte word that President Mubarack has stepped down brought a sense of cultural pride.

Moments of rejoicing are coming from events happening thousands of miles away.

Democracy may be one of the rewards of this peoples revolution, but those following the developments in Cairo realize that any changes on Egyptian soil may be slow to come.

Happiness comes from the jubilant images found Egypt's seat of power, but  Yassir Elzayaey of Alexandra mourns the losses of those who will never taste the fruits of their sacrifice.

"The people they die.I don't know how many it's like 400 that's what we know I know it's more than that," Elzayaey said.

Meaningful lessons have come from these demonstrations, according to Kareem Abdelnabi.

"You're not just one person and you have the power to speak out against the government. It's said that government is by the people and for the people and this is what's come out of it."

Some members at the East Charlotte Mosque plan to visit Egypt before the summer is over.

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