February 2, 2011

Back Online In Egypt


I want to say that I was touched by all of your concern. It's heartwarming to know people care. Just a quick post to update on us.

Things here in Hurgahada have been pretty calm compared to Cairo and other bigger cities. After I posted that I couldn't get FB and Twitter, a little while later, no internet. It really felt oppressive to have that taken away. Egyptian news channels seem to have been playing things down in my opinion, and I was watching AlJazeera and CNN then AlJazeera channels were blocked. CNN was good but they weren't covering all the time. Al Jazeera international is good now though. E was in Poland on business and came home when things came to a head. When there were reports of looters and a local supermarket got broken into and looted all the men of the building walked the street carrying sticks, poles and 2x4s to patrol the area.
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We tried to keep busy playing board games but the younger 2 kids were scared at times, and started to obsess about the reports, I had to change channels to lighten the mood. Finally yesterday we went out and saw that the city, while pretty empty was safe. Tourism is down the toilet but that's to be expected. There's so much more I can see online now about it all.

I knew Mubarak wouldn't step down this way, he's going to take his time and go in Sept but I think that's better than nothing. The protesters don't want to give up but I think this is a huge step. People are feeling a new sense of pride in their country, that's the real gain here.

I'm praying for Egypt and Egyptians to keep on keeping on!

22 comments:

  1. A'salaamu alaikum sis, so good to hear from you! I am sorry to hear your husband had to be away; just to have him there to share it all with.

    Alhamdulillah you and your children are safe and I pray for the best outcome for the Egyptian people!

    Ma salaama...

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  2. Its good to hear that everyone is safe! Its also good to hear that there is a new pride in the country... I've only been hearing about protests (which I guess is understandable, considering that's the big news) and worried that they wont stop.
    Keep on keeping on!!

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  3. Good to hear from you. Glad to know you and your family are safe and doing ok. Our duaas are with you and the people of Egypt.

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  4. Assalamu Aleykoum sister!

    What.A.Huge.Relief.

    Glad to hear from you and very considerate of you to update us on your safety :)

    Egypt and Egyptians are in my duas!

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  5. I've been thinking of you and your family over the past weeks, thanks for the update. So glad to hear you are all safe and well.

    Bri x

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  6. Alhamdulillah! I'm sooo happy to hear you and your family are safe and sound. We get constant updates on Egypt over here.

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  7. Glad to hear you're safe too!

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  8. Mona, so happy to hear that you and the family are safe alhamdulillah! I was thinking about you a lot this past week as I was watching the whole time on AlJazeera English...I pray that this is the start of better things for Egypt insha'Allah!

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  9. Glad to hear you all are okay and things in Hurghada are not so bad. I kept checking your blog but I figured the Internet was down. My husband has been going crazy here about everything. God willing everything will improve soon.

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  10. You and your family are so much in my thoughts and prayers in these days.I'm so glad you could write something and letting us so now that you're fine.
    I send you all my love my dear honeybee!

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  11. so glad to hear that you and your family are doing! i can't imagine what it must be like for you guys right now, our duas are with all of you in Egypt. x

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  12. Anonymous9:19 PM

    May Allah be with you all, and give you the strength to do what is right inshaAllah!!! Much love and respect, Hala.

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  13. al hamdulillah you are safe :D
    It is good you live in a smaller city. insha allah it will be better for egypt soon.

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  14. I'm happy to hear you and your family are safe! I hope the violence ends soon in Egypt. People don't deserve to be dying at the hands of this tyrant's thugs. Mubarak has sure proved that people were right to not believe he wanted change. He's trying the same thing as he was with the police force last week. To silence the Egyptian people! It's really infuriating... I pray for their safety out there..

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  15. I've been waiting for an update Mona! I'm so glad everyone in your family is doing ok. It breaks my heart to hear about your kids being frightened. I can only imagine what it must be like for a parent to see the world around you descend into chaos even if for a worthy cause.
    Best of luck to you and all Egyptians. We're rooting for you and for the side of freedom and justice!

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  16. Assalamualaikum Sister Mona. Alhamdulillah. As your blog follower, I'm so glad that you and your family are alright. May everything turn out better soon. Stay safe. Take care. May Allah protect all of you.

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  17. Assalamu'alaikum!

    Alhamdulillah, I am so happy to hear that you and your family are safe. It's really quite amazing what's taking place in the world. You are right...that is a huge step. My friend lives in Alexandria and just posted up some pictures. Subhanallah, unbelievable. Isn't it wonderful to see people step up like that (in response to the men patroling the streets)?

    Well...you are part of history in the making. Insha'Allah, I pray things only get better from here.

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  18. Alhamdulilah you are all safe. Good to hear from you again.

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  19. Alhumdulilah, it's good to hear from you, IIm glad you and your family are safe and that you've got the internet and stuff back on. Inshallah things get better there!

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  20. Alhamdulilah 'a salamitkoom! I'm so glad that you and your family are all safe and doing well.

    Subhanallah how you were a stranger to me before, now you are constantly on my mind because of all this. I'm happy that the internet has brought us sisters in Islam together.

    It saddens me to see how things have worsened. Inshallah things will improve soon!

    So happy your back :-)

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  21. Mona.. I can not express how happy I was to hear from you within minutes of the internet return. I am very pleased to know that you and your family are safe and well.

    These looting reports you referred to, were those in Hurghada? We didnt see/hear any of that over in our area, but I admit, the noise of the protests did keep me up at night. I had my ears peeled the entire time. At one point, they drowned out the TV while I was keeping an eye on Al Jazeera.

    I am relieved to hear that E came home. S has been so busy helping his customers evac, that I have spent a lot of the time here alone, bunkered down.

    We did get out yesterday in the search for fresh food (our area has been pretty stripped), and for the first time ever here, found myself the recipient of some pretty rude words. Considering the kindness I have always experienced here, it was a bit of a shock, but can only assume that I became a target for this, due to the marked decrease of foreigners in the city.

    This is my home.. and egyptians have become my people, regardless of where I was born. I support them fully in this quest for freedom, and pray daily for its success.

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  22. Mamamona, glad to hear u are all okay! I'm watching the live footage on Al Jazeera of Juma prayers in Midan Tahrir right now...it's amazing to see the resilience of the Egyptian people and inspiring beyond words... Praying for the entire nation's safety, iA...

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