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Flight from Egypt: As tensions rise, American mom and kids depart Cairo

Monique El-Faizy
TODAY contributor
Monique and her two boys in Rome.

Courtesy of Monique El-Faizy
The author and her two boys in Rome, where they flew to after leaving their new home in Cairo.

Author Monique El-Faizy moved, with her sons and husband, to Cairo on August 14. She’s there for a two-year stint while working on a book aboutEgypt, but tensions in the country rattled her nerves enough to take the boys and head to Rome while her husband stayed behind to continue setting up their new home. Read the latest on her family’s progress. 

Well…we fled. Temporarily.

I’m still not sure it was the right call, although our friends and family seem terribly relieved. The truth is, our little Cairo bubble was as quiet and safe as ever. I’ll admit — I felt edgy every time I turned on the news or heard about another company evacuating employees, but had I not known about those things, nothing in our neighborhood would have indicated to me that we should get out.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. You might like my little blog mostly on India but also Egypt! Namaste. . . .Anne

    August 21, 2013
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    August 21, 2013
  3. WilliamEdward #

    My son, was whose home you were welcomed into last weekend, he has been there with his family since Jan 2012. The community you live in is one of the safest, and most times he doesn’t know anything is going on unless he receives an email, text, or tweet from one of us back in the states. I use to worry … but now I don’t worry so much any more …he and his family are good people to make friends with while in Egypt …

    August 21, 2013
    • Thanks! He has already been an incredible resource to us–and a comfort. As has his son, to mine.

      August 22, 2013
  4. Kim #

    If it didn’t feel right.. It wasn’t right.. Following your intuition was the right thing to do for those two beautiful boys…. You made a news story that has a happy ending instead of tragedy. Thank you for that. May you be free from danger, may you be happy & healthy, may you have ease of living. Namaste

    August 22, 2013
  5. Andrea Blevins #

    Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog! I was curious as to where your cats are staying now that you have left Cairo…

    August 24, 2013
    • The cats are always the issue. They’re in our house. My husband stayed behind–partly to take care of them, but for other reasons as well.

      August 24, 2013

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