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Cedar Valley family celebrates Egypt's revolution


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Egyptians around the world are celebrating Friday as news of President Mubarak's resignation gives families, even thousands of miles away, reason to cheer.

Doctor Mohammed and Bahia Fahmy were watching closely as a generation of young Egyptians finally took control of their future.

"What? He's gone? Thank you, thank you thank you! and I called him, and he came running from the other room... we are just very, very happy," said Bahia.

The 20 and 30 something's leading the revolution are doing what Fahmy's generation could not. In 1982, Fahmy and Bahia moved to Iowa to raise their children in a country where they saw opportunities.

"They thank us for choosing a better life for them. Especially when we go back and they see the struggle in the streets, and their cousins, and how everyone is struggling," said Fahmy.

Now their eyes are on the millions of Egyptians, the same age as their kids, who are standing up, and saying -- no more.

"They were all humiliated. All of them. They worked so hard, and they are the top of their class, and yet they can't find jobs," Bahia noted.

"Whatever happens in Egypt, it will not be another Iran, it will not be a fanatic state. It will not be on the extreme of anything. They are just expressing their concerns, and they are expressing their wish to live a better life," Fahmy explained.

Although thousands of miles separate them, the Fahmy's are celebrating freedom along with their fellow Egyptians. They've waited decades for this day to come, and the significance is not lost on their kids, or even on their young grandson.

"He was on the phone, and he said, in Arabic ãÕÑ ÇáÍÑÉ and it means, Egypt is free! Egypt is free! And he's only two years old," said Bahia.

Fahmy believes Egypt is the first of many African and Middle Eastern countries to call for a revolution. In fact, Algerians are planning a Day of Anger on Saturday, much like the one that started the Egyptian protests nearly three weeks ago.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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