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MSU Student Experiences Egyptian Protests

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- The death toll in Egypt has risen to 51, and hundreds more remain injured in the clashes and protests before and after the coup that toppled former President Morsy's.

Today, reporter Joe Khalil spoke to an Egyptian Michigan State University student, who's in Cairo for the summer and witnessing this turbulent moment first hand.

Like many MSU students, Nourhan Dakroury was excited about being home for the summer, but she didn't expect to see history unfold before her eyes.

"They had announced that on the 13 of June, that they're going to rally for huge protests around the country, but frankly I didn't expect them to be that huge. And I didn't expect it to only take four days for the president to be removed from his post so that was pretty spectacular," said Dakroury.

Dakroury, a Native Egyptian lives about 10 minutes outside of Tahrir Square. This is where she's had a front row seat as millions of protestors took to the streets.

"From my room and my apartment I can see the fireworks and the helicopters that kind of survey the square," said Dakroury.

She says on the ground, many aren't happy with the media's portrayal of the protests. They say news outlets ignore factors leading to the revolt, like Egypt's worsening economy, and government cuts to things like electricity. "We had a lot of power cuts, for like three hours a day minimum...never used to happen before," said Dakroury.

While the death and injury numbers grow, Dakroury says she's not nervous for her safety, on the contrary, as an intern at her local newspaper, she says she's taking the experience in. "Being here in such a moment and especially as a journalist it's amazing, it's an amazing experience," said Dakroury.

As a revolution continues in her backyard, she can only smile, thinking how she'll answer the question "how was your summer" when she returns to East Lansing in the fall.

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