Seattle Egyptians tearfully celebrate new era

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 11 at 8:19 PM

SEATTLE – The celebration over the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has spread to Western Washington.

Mostafa Aly, owner of Shawarma King restaurant in Seattle, was juggling cooking and answering the phone.

"Oh, my God. Oh, my God!" Aly screamed, bubbling over with excitement. "Everybody is in the street, I wish I was there."

Aly moved to Seattle five years ago for a better life.

"There was nothing there. No jobs."

But he always had dreams of going back.

"It's what I've always hoped for. It's my home."

Now with the possibility of change in Egypt, the sight of the Egyptian flag brings tears to his eyes.

"Celebrate together because we are Egyptian. We're one," says Aly's best friend Yasser Hassan.

Hassan's father died 10 years ago Friday. He says he and his country are born again.

"It's a feeling I can't describe," said Hassan.

Both men look forward to experiencing the change.

"If Egypt is gonna change and I'm going to see that, why am I gonna stay here? I'm gonna go back. It's my home," said Aly.

Neither Aly nor Hassan are sure what Egypt will look like in the years to come, but they have a lot of faith in the military and they look forward to their people being able to take part in a fair voting system.

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