U of W student returns from turmoil-filled Egypt
Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 4:57PM EDT
Days before beginning a fresh year of studies at the University of Windsor, Asil Moussa has returned home from a two-week trip to turmoil-filled Egypt.
She says she was happy to be able to go and see her family.
"The only time I was kind of uneasy was when I heard gun shots," says Moussa.
With an ailing grandfather, Moussa left Windsor behind, to experience life as all Egyptians must do - with a military backed interim government, while their ousted president sits behind bars.
"The things that don't really get reported is really affecting the most people," says Moussa.
She says violence is down and ease is returning to Cairo, but the media continually neglect the cause of constant outrage.
"They always say ‘what bleeds leads’ so when there's violence that's what instantly gets reported, but I feel like there are a lot of bottled up things that happen before that," says Moussa.
Things like power and gas outages, incessant traffic jams due to millions of Egyptians hurrying home before curfew, or the fact that school is delayed for weeks due to civil unrest.
Moussa says you can be in the same area as a riot or demonstration and have no idea.
"So on the last day we were there we went to the mall and the same neighbourhood there was a huge protest and we didn't see anything," she says.
An election is expected within six months.
"I don't expect international media to pay attention to things that aren't extraordinarily huge," says Moussa.
Moussa says all she can do is hope things continue to calm and that focus will shift from the violence to a solution.
"When something huge happens we have to look at what happened before it,” she says. “All the little things that ended up to that."