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Egyptian student escapes violence


WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW)-- Students at Winona State University are moving in to their dorms and getting ready for the rigor of classes to begin. But for some, just the trip to campus was a challenge.

"I didn't think it would be a problem until I knew my flight was delayed and then we knew it was because of the curfew," said Nour Greiss, an exchange student from Cairo. ‘No one is allowed to be around the streets from 7 PM until 6 the next morning."

19-year-old Greiss made it out of Egypt after days of canceled and delayed flights. Just getting to the airport meant navigating back roads of the Cairo to avoid protests and bloody clashes, that have become all too common.

"You get used to seeing blood and you get used to hearing 30 people are dead, 40 people are dead, 60 are injured," Greiss. "It's not good to get used to hearing these things because after a while, death becomes normal."

And while Greiss made the trek to the US, most American students hoping to study in Egypt won't get the chance. The UW-La Crosse is one of many universities canceling fall programs.

"The saying we use sometimes here is the view from the bluff is global because the world is so interconnected that events in Cairo affect people in La Crosse," said Jay Lokken, the director of international education at the UW-L.

Away from the chaos, Nour wants to focus studying mass communications and absorbing her new surroundings.

"I'm looking forward to living alone, I'm looking forward to depending on myself and I'm looking

forward to making new friends," Greiss said.

And adjusting to life in a foreign country is far less daunting than what Nour over came just to be here.

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