Egyptians in Tucson fear for families, support the voice of the people

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The death toll in Egypt continues to climb. More than a hundred people are dead, hundreds of others injured.

Protesters line the streets in Cairo again and demand their president step down.

An Egyptian woman living in Tucson, who's entire family still lives in Egypt, is fearing the worst.

Manel Kidwany moved to Tucson nearly 30 years ago from a small town about 300 miles south of Cairo.

Her entire family still lives in various cities across Egypt, a world away from her life in southern Arizona.

"I'm not sleeping, I'm not eating, I'm not enjoying life, I feel guilty about being safe and living here," said Manel Kidwany.

For the past week protesters have lined the streets of Cairo, calling on president Hosni Mubarak to step down. The protests have resulted in violent conflicts.

"I'm just sick to my stomach," said Kidwany.

Manel has been on the Internet non-stop as her only link to information since communication with her family is nearly impossible.

The Egyptian government shut down the Internet and many phone lines, but just last night Manel got a call from her brother.

"My brother was crying and I've known this man 42 years, and I have never heard him cry, I've never seen him cry," said Manel.

Manel's brother says families in their home town don't have enough food to eat and criminals are running rampant.

Manel's family members, little nieces and nephews, are scared for their lives.

"They're waking up in the middle of the night, screaming the bad guy is coming," said Manel. "I don't think I can really find words to describe the pain in my stomach and my heart, knowing they're there and I'm here and there's nothing I can do."

Manel agrees with protesters that the country needs new leadership. She just wishes the situation didn't have to turn so violent.

Until the chaos ends, Manel says all she can do is pray that her family is alright.

"I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," said Manel.

Manel says she was supposed to fly to Egypt this week to see her parents. She hasn't been able to get a hold of them.

Her trip, of course, has been postponed.

Manel isn't the only Tucsonan impacted by the conflict.

Sunday, dozens of people gathered in midtown to join in the protest against the Egyptian government.

About 60 people stood at the corner of Speedway and Euclid, holding signs and chanting.

They protested President Mubarak and his regime's actions over the past 30 years.

Many believe the government violates human rights. 

"Between people who have been shot to death by... cold bloodedly, by the policemen, and wounded.  Children, women have been among the dead," said Egyptian-American protester Samia Kholoussi.

"I think it's happening too late. It should have been happening before because of 30 years of unjust rule and, in fact, actually not only 30 years but 60 years since the military revolution in 1952," said UA Professor of Near Eastern Studies Adel Gamal.

Egypt's military appears to be trying to stop the violence, but they're still not clearing protesters from the streets.