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WSU student stuck in Egypt arrives in Winona

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- All but one of five Winona State University students stuck in Egypt have arrived in Minnesota.

Nour Greiss, a sophomore exchange student from Cairo, is one of the students who arrived. She landed in the states for the first time on Saturday.

This fall she will be one of 11 students from Egypt to attend WSU. She was one of five who were stuck in the country when the violence erupted at the beginning of last month.

"In areas around any Muslim Brotherhood sit in, it's not safe at all," Greiss said. "There are army soldiers blocking several streets."

She was booked for a flight out of Cairo on Aug. 16, but because of a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., her flight was delayed.

"My flight was delayed until the next day, my flight from Cairo to Amsterdam," Greiss said. "And I went to the KLM office at the airport and it was closed, I thought 'okay,' probably I won't be able to reach the US or probably my flight will have to be late for another week."

The initial delay started a chain reaction of booking new flights, hotel stays, and a 48-hour fight to get to the states in time for classes.

"I was just frustrated that everything was not going to plan," she said.

Now, she's getting settled into her home for her first semester at Winona State. She says after all she's been through trying to get to the U.S., the first day of classes next Monday will be nothing to worry about.

"I think this gave me a little bit more guts, or courage," she said.

But few on campus can relate to the feeling of being thousands of miles away from home after being that close to violence.

"You know that helpless feeling, I just feel helpless. Unable to do anything. All I can do is be in touch with my family, be sure that they're safe. And pray for my country," she said.

The remaining Winona State student in Egypt is scheduled to return to Minnesota on Wednesday. But as tension in Cairo worsens, his situation could change any minute.

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