RICHLAND, Wash. - It's been almost five months since Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, has resigned. Now Egyptians are working through the turmoil to rebuild their government and country.
Friday night, a local Egyptian took time to meet with Tri-City residents at the Richland Labor Hall to share his experiences of Egypt.
Fadel Erian, a retired doctor who used to work for Batelle, lived in Egypt until he was about 21 years old. He visits twice a year and says since Mubarak stepped down the country is completely different. He says for once, the people are finally speaking their mind. In fact, many of the countrymen use the Internet and media to mobilize their ideas throughout the country. Their main goal is to turn the country into a stable, democratic society.
He says he's very optimistic for the country's future, especially since the fear is over.
"Violence results from people who are afraid of each other, but when they can talk with each other in a peaceful way and try to convince each other with their own ideas, there is no fear," said Erian.
Erian add's that Egypt's economy is suffering because of the lack of tourism and says the country has returned to it's peaceful ways and that people shouldn't be worried to visit.