Shelbyville family hopes to get daughter home from Egypt

Sana Saiyed (source: family photo)
Sana Saiyed (source: family photo)

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the chaos continues in Egypt, the United States has advised U.S. Citizens to evacuate. Starting Monday, there will be chartered planes leaving Cairo, heading to Europe.

Assistant Secretary of State, Janice Jacobs has said she expects there will be enough flights for the thousands of U.S. Citizens they anticipate will leave Egypt. Jacobs says the flights out of Egypt may travel to Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Nicosia, Cyprus.

Soha Saiyed lives in Shelbyville, Kentucky and has a sister, 20-year-old Sana, who is studying abroad at the American University of Cairo. Soha hopes her sister can catch a chartered flight. She says her family has been following the advice of the State Department that is why they booked Sana a flight to come back home Wednesday. Sana's dad says the university plans to help students get to the airport. The family wants her to be at the airport, in case she can catch an earlier flight.

"She's an amazing person," Soha Saiyed said. "I know she can take care of herself, but I think she might be a little over her head."

Sana had planned to stay in Cairo, where she has been studying Arabic at the university, until May. Her family has had limited communication with her since the riots began. But they were able to speak with Sana twice over the weekend, and the 20-year-old described what she has seen of the chaos.

"She's had friends call her saying I've been [hit by] tear gas," Soha said. "She had a friend who was beat by the police - her friends have witnessed this. At night she says she can hear the protestors chanting. She heard gunshots. She hears explosions."

According to the State Department, people who want to leave Egypt using the USG-chartered flights should contact Embassy Cairo. They can do so by email: or by calling 1-202-501-4444.

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