Via CNN :
Displaced families of U.S. diplomats in Egypt anxious to return ‘home’
With violence approaching their doorstep, 10-year-old Beverly Dempsey and her father had eight hours to gather their belongings into one suitcase apiece and evacuate Egypt during last month’s uprising.
Her mother, a U.S. State Department employee, had to stay behind while they were relocated to temporary housing in Falls Church, Virginia, with other displaced diplomatic families.
Jim Dempsey tries to make life as normal as possible for his daughter, who is attending school for the first time in the United States, having lived abroad since she was 2. But her heart remains in Egypt, the place she’s come to regard as home.
“I really like it here, but it would have made me feel better if we were in Egypt because that’s where I want to be right now,” she says. “I want to go back really badly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it here. I just want to be able to say goodbye.”
“We’ve been living in Egypt for four years. It’s our home. This is place is fine, but everything is there. We have a set of friends, we have a way of living, and all of that is disrupted. We have to adjust and do well, wherever you go, but you want to be at home.”
But most of all, she says, she misses her mother.
“It would have been easier for us all to adjust with my mom here because she sort of is the one who does a lot of things. She helps us shop, she helps us decorate … and so cook. My dad’s not a very good cook.”
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