By Jess Bidgood
Feb. 11, 2011
BOSTON — As Hosni Mubarak stepped down after two weeks of demonstrations by the people of Egypt on Friday morning, the joy of the people at the scene echoed around the world via Twitter, Facebook and the live Web coverage that’s kept a constant watch on the protests there.
|Egyptians celebrated in Tahrir Square, and they're celebrating in Boston, too. (AP)|
“Very few moments in our lives we can witness history,” Obama said on Friday afternoon. “This is one.”
Amira Hussein has been watching it all unfold from her current home in Boston. She grew up in Cairo, but has spent the past four years at Boston University, studying for a Ph. D in mechanical engineering.
Walking through Boston, Hussein was positively jubilant. “Today I’m really excited, I’m really happy because this is basically everything that the Egyptian people wanted,” Hussein said. “It’s an exciting moment, I’m so happy, if someone looks at my face they’ll see me smiling because I’m so happy.”
Hussein said the minute-to-minute flow of news about Egypt helped her feel a little closer to the protests – as well as her near-constant attempts to be in touch with her family there. “Talking to my parents, from the very beginning calling them three times a day,” Hussein said. “Cutting off Internet was really stressful. I remember waking up in the middle of the night just to call them to make sure they’re fine.”
So today’s news is as much a cause for relief as it is for celebration. “Things are under control, it’s comforting to know that it’s over.”
But as Egypt celebrate’s Mubarak’s departure, Hussein will keep checking in. “I have friends who go out there, I’ll be checking on them, cheering them on, I wish I wish was there,” Hussein said. “They will be working hard on rebuilding, and cleansing Egypt.”