Garland mother stays in touch with family in Cairo amid Egyptian revolution

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by JASON WHITELY

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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

GARLAND -- Around the clock, Egyptian TV has delivered nothing but anxiety to Dee Dee Asad.

"I have two sisters, a nephew and cousins," she explained, "all of them were in Tahrir Square. I can show you the pictures."

They were, along with what seemed like much of Cairo - Africa's largest capital - where Asad said she would like to have been on Wednesday.

"I wish. I wish I could," she said.

Her husband, Ahmad, and her 16-year-old son, Nader, are spending the summer in Cairo, staying ten minutes from Tahrir Square.

Asad said she calls every couple hours, and tried when we visited, but couldn't get through.

"Due to events beyond our control, your call cannot be completed at this time," a recording said on the other end, as she called her son's mobile phone.

Asad calls Mohammed Morsi a mistake.

A year after Egyptians elected him president for a four-year term, the economy continued to decay, and that's what led to more massive street protests. The Egyptian military overthrew him Wednesday.

"People cannot find any gas to put in their car," Asad explained. "We don't have any electricity, any water. Everything is really expensive."

She flies to Cairo every six-to-eight weeks to purchase new inventory for her Garland store, called Little Egypt. Already, Asad said, she is preparing to go again.

"It's going to be a really big difference," she continued. "I'm not going to be scared any more, liked I used to. Last time I was so scared to go anywhere."

The military installed the chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Court as interim president until the country holds new elections.

Still, the country remains on an uncertain course.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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