At a time when most people are fleeing the turmoil in Egypt, a University of Windsor student has just arrived there, deciding to go through with trip plans despite civil unrest.

Asil Moussa, 20, is in Egypt with her parents and two sisters.

The family trip was planned a long time ago. With a sick grandfather to visit, they weren't about to cancel their plans, but they might be coming home a little sooner than expected.

“I try to be optimistic, but things between people are not going well,” says Moussa. “People are fearing civil war, but we're all hoping it’s going to be okay.”

Originally from Egypt, Moussa moved to Canada with her family nine years ago. She arrived in Cairo on Sunday. She says it’s a much different place from the last time she visited.

“I think people’s attitudes towards what happened are fairly tense,” says Moussa. “People are divided. Families and friends have different opinions. We are trying to stay united. I know it’s hard. That’s the main thing we have to focus on.”

The University of Windsor digital journalism student says the mood in Cairo is tense.

“Everyone is trying to figure out what happened,” says Moussa. “There are so many viewpoints. The rebel protest, violence. Everything based on what's happening. I think an investigation should be done so they can know the truth.”

She says her greatest concern is the state of Egypt. She wants to see a peaceful Egypt.

“The safety of the country is not great,” she says. “I haven’t left the apartment because my family is afraid I'll get robbed. Otherwise, things going smoothly.”

She is thankful no one in her family has been hurt during the turmoil. They had planned a two week trip initially, but she says they might have return after one week.

About 900 people have been killed, including 100 police and soldiers, after authorities broke up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo almost a week ago.

With files from The Canadian Press