Western Leader : February 4th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, February 4, 2011 Delicious lunch. Tasty offer. *Maximum of 4 guests per SuperGold cardholder. 50% discount applies to a maximum retail value of $12 per person. SuperGold card must be presented at time of payment. Half-price lunches for SuperGold cardholders* at Opanuku Café, Vision Waitakere Gardens Get a group together and come between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday to enjoy 50% off our delicious lunches. You'll find us at 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson. Bookings are essential so please phone reception on 09 837 0512. BIG/VSL331/VWG3 Escape from Egypt Can't return: Jodi and John Powell can't go back to Egypt because it is too dangerous. Photo: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD ' If we were home we'd be right in the thick of it. It's a blessing that we got out. ' -- Businesswoman and mum Jodi Powell JOHN POWELL jokingly told co-workers that things would go downhill when he left Egypt to come home to New Zealand for a summer hol- iday. He had no idea the country was about to face a violent political upheaval and his family would be unable to return. Mr Powell has been living and working in Egypt for 18 months along with his wife Jodi and their daughter Isa- bella. The Kiwi couple came home for Christmas and have been staying with Mrs Powell's family in Sunnyvale. The family was due to return to Egypt last week but the deteriorating political situation and increasing viol- ence meant it was too danger- ous. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets with pro and anti- President Hosni Mubarak factions clashing. At least 140 people have been killed in the uprising this week. Mr Powell says no one could have predicted what was about to happen. No one saw it coming -- not even the president.'' Former Avondale resident Mrs Powell says they are thankful they escaped the clashes. Where we lived there's a council building where people take their complaints so if we were home we'd be right in the thick of it. It's a blessing that we got out,'' she says. She says it would be diffi- cult to get out of Egypt now. Cairo airport is very small so it would have been chaos.'' They have left behind her jewellery business, their home and all their pos- sessions but they are more concerned for the people there. We've been in touch with our nanny and our house- keeper. Everyone has gone into hiding.'' Mrs Powell says she would like to return to Egypt because it's home for her two- year-old daughter Isabella. I think she is missing our nanny. I know I am.'' Mr Powell says while they are frustrated that they can't return, they are excited for the Egyptian people. Egypt is a country which is run-down and tired from years of government corrup- tion,'' he says. There's so much that needs to be fixed,'' he says. He says it's extraordinary that people are protesting in such large numbers. They are a very docile people. It's not like New Zea- land, you can't just go out and protest. If you protest in Egypt the police will pick you up and you'll be taken to jail instantly,'' he says. To see a million people on the street, including the moderates -- it means that this is truly a time for change.'' The family will be moving to Qatar for now but Mr Pow- ell is optimistic that the tur- moil in Egypt will calm down and they will be able to return. Things over there move very fast. We think Mubarak will leave and we will be back within the month.'' Go to www.westernleader. co.nz to watch footage of protesters clashing in the streets of Cairo.
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