A Columbus man who was born in Egypt is closely following the recent violence in his home country, calling it a "disaster."
32-year-old Youseff El Maraghy says his computer is his life link to the Egypt he says he once he knew.
“It's like I'm seeing my childhood memories just burning down. It’s really really a mess," he said.
The worst political fighting in modern Egyptian history pits the 85-year old Muslim Brotherhood, which helped elect President Mohammed Morsi, versus the military of former President Hosni Mubarak who lost during the country's first free election.
Maraghy said it's heartbreaking to watch news videos on Facebook from Egyptian TV.
He says graphic depictions of people murdered in the streets, and churches on fire is hard to believe.
“It's actually a disaster. It’s actually like the country is burning and Nobody really wants to do anything about it," El Maraghy said.
El Maraghy sides with the military, saying President Morsi has failed to make good on promises to help
the Egyptian people.
"He didn’t fulfill his contract with the country. The country went from like a high point to lower than zero. No food. No gas.”
But living thousands of miles away from the family and friends he left in Egypt has him worried that political unrest will reach them.
"Some of the people actually have no money to leave the country. Some of them actually have businesses and properties they cannot just leave.”
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