Safe and Sound!
I just want to touch base with you all. I am sure that you have heard of the chaos throughout the Middle East, and especially in Egypt at this time. As you all know, there have been mass demonstrations throughout the Middle East: in Lebanon, Tunisia, Southern Sudan’s in open revolt, and even here in Egypt there have been riots. I want you all to know that I am being very careful in terms of my safety, and that I am in safe hands with AUC. Security is tight all around campus, and the campus is actually removed from the riots happening in Cairo. The only problem that I personally have had as a direct result of the riots is that the trips planned through this Sunday through the Office of Student Life have been momentarily postponed. In addition, one of our Orientation sessions broke down the political situation of Egypt for the last 50 years, from the Brits in the 20s, to Nasser, to Salat, to Mabarak (the current president of Egypt, who has been in power for the last 30 years, after the assassination of Salat).
I want to assure you that I am not in any way making light of this situation, but rather taking incredibly seriously, and keeping my ear out for further developments. At this point, there is no cause for alarm for people living on-campus at AUC (people residing in Zamalek are closer to the action and obviously have more concern, but even they are well-protected).
One final note: It seems that, yes, Facebook is down in Egypt, at least for the time being, so if anyone wishes to contact me, please use Beloit/google chat or leave a comment on this blog. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to me via Skype (screen name armstrong.devon). Skype, for now at least, is still available, so I’m completely in the dark.