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Egypt protests force George Washington University to bring students home

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Six George Washington University students who are studying abroad in Egypt are being brought home as the country continues to experience political instability.

Massive protests and violence have created instability in Egypt. Photo: Associated Press

Six Georgetown graduate students are also in Egypt, choosing to stay even though the university has offered to fly them back to D.C. One American University graduate student was in Egypt on his own and asked to be evacuated.

Mobrashra Malik's daughter Anum is one of six George Washington University students studying in Egypt. Five students have already left but Anum is the only one who has decided to stay in Cairo to witness history. She’s hoping for a future in international affairs.

“I thought that I could just go and check out the protests, not alone of course, but I would blend in, and look like an Egyptian and go with a bunch of Egyptian guys I really trusted with me - so that's what I did and I'm insanely glad I did it,” she says via Skype.

In Virginia, Anum's mother closely monitors the developments, hoping Anum stays safe while respecting her daughter's wishes to learn more about the Middle East and Egypt in particular.

“She said momma, ‘I'm fine, don't worry about me. I'm very careful, I'm taking all the precautions and we never go out alone,’” Malik says.

George Washington had to do the same thing for a group of students who were in Egypt when Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.

Nearly a week of protests and violence came to a head on Wednesday, when a purported military coup ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Dozens of people have died in the violence that has accompanied the massive protests in Cairo and other cities across the nation.

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