(08/16/17) - Two Mid-Michigan Egyptian doctors are in fear for their family's safety as violence erupts this week in Egypt.
One of the doctor's has his wife and kids in the middle of the chaos. Dr. Khaled El Ganainy's wife and three kids have been in Egypt for 6 months. They went to learn Arabic and more about their heritage.
Dr. El Ganainy finds some comfort in reading the messages his wife sends from Egypt. His loved ones are in the middle of unthinkable violence. "Every day, they've been going to Rabaa Square, that's where all the pro-president, pro-democracy protesters are protesting. Last Wednesday they've seen people dying in front of them."
He said physically they're doing fine, but what they've witnessed has taken its toll on them and their father back home. "I am afraid, my heart is broken, I can't sleep at night, I can't work."
Egyptian Americans walk with heavy hearts these days as they see their homeland in utter chaos.
"It is difficult to see young people dead, it's difficult to see their families crying," said Dr. Hesham Gayar.
Dr. Gayer says Egypt has come so far and hopes one day to see peace once again. "I think the best solution is try to broker a deal that go back to democracy and people's will with respect to all parties and not to have one political side force their way by bullets and by force."
For now, all they can do is pray and remain positive their families and friends stay safe.
"One thing I learned as an American and my wife did is to stand up for what's right even if it's against my joy of seeing my kids again," said Dr. El Ganainy.
El Ganainy says the earliest his family can return to Flint is Sept. 1.
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