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LSU graduate stuck in Egypt during turmoil

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Posted: Feb 1, 2011 6:45 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Feb 1, 2011 6:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Egypt, LSU graduate, stuck in Egypt, US embassy, conflict

BATON ROUGE - As dozens of American citizens try to get out of Egypt, one LSU graduate blames the United States Embassy for his exit troubles.

For fear of retaliation he does not want to be identified, but says he's been in Egypt for 11 months studying Arabic.

He described the situation in the country as chaos, and when asked about his biggest fear said, "Not being able to get out {of the country} I guess. The roads are pretty blocked. There's no planes. There's constant gunfire. There was actually crossfire right behind our apartment."

As we talked on the phone, he said walking the streets as an American is out of the question at times, but inside the neighborhoods that surround Cairo he feels safe.

He said the biggest issue he and other travellers like him have is with the embassy.

"They've been completely unhelpful. They told us to go to the airport and bring plenty of food and water. We talked to some Americans that have been at the airport for three days waiting on a plane," he said.

He says the embassy had planes for their people, and now they are allowing regular American to take flights chartered by the embassy. But he said he was informed that he would owe an undisclosed amount of money when the plane landed in the states.

They were able to secure flights out of Egypt into Greece, where they will wait out the turmoil for two to three weeks. They plan to leave on Thursday, if they can get to the airport safely.

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