Amherst Man Says Mother Afraid for Her Life in Egypt

February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) -- A UB professor we spoke with today calls the Egyptian President's resignation a turning point and a great day for Egypt. But for people with family there, like Ashraf Badr, it's still a scary time. Badr tells us he always knew their would be a revolution. "People were hungry, people were poor, and people needed jobs."
Badr was born in the U.S., but has lived in Egypt. His mother has been reassuring him of her safety in Alexandria, Egypt as he watched the events unfold, but confessed to him today that she has been living in fear with no security. Police have been brutally attacked and even killed nearby. "Today she was telling me the conditions in the past couple weeks were worrisome, and that she was afraid for her life, even sitting in her apartment." Badr says.
The president's resignation leaves him hopeful but apprehensive. He's concerned that people may take advantage of the police absence for their own interests. He's also believes Al Qaeda or countries bitter over Egypt's peace treaty with Israel are a threat.
UB Professor David Westbrook believes Mubarak's resignation could be a turning point for the U.S. in terms of shaping a foreign policy, not just with Egypt but in the Middle East. "It is clear something is happening across the Middle East. That is frightening, but also exciting. It's potentially a wonderful thing."
Badr tells us that coverage of the situation in Egypt has been one sided. Mubarak has done a lot of good for Egypt he says, but he is to blame for leaving so many Egyptians poor and hungry.