Khaled Hegazzi watches Egyptian news from his shop in the French Quarter
New Orleans, La. - Khaled Hegazzi moved to New Orleans in 2001, opening up a shop on Royal Street in the French Quarter. He splits his time between Louisiana and Egypt, bringing back decorations, dresses and jewelry to sell.
Hegazzi just left Egypt nine days ago and he'd been in Tahrir Square, supporting the movement to oust the president. He watched the celebrations over the Internet Wednesday and called his family in Egypt throughout the day.
Hegazzi says many of them were out in the square celebrating and, while he was happy to watch, he wishes he could be there.
Hegazzi says this is the moment his family has been waiting for for more than a year, since the first election that put Mohamed Morsi in office. He says Egyptians didn't have a choice at that time - either vote for the same dictator or Morsi.
Now, he believes, the country is ready to move forward. He just wishes he could witness it in person.
"I feel bad, I just came from Egypt nine days ago and I was hoping to be there," he says. "I've been there for nine months, every Friday, standing in the square, having tear gas thrown at me and my wife and my kids and my friends, and I've been there struggling with the people. And I just feel bad that, at the moment, where I wanted to be I am here. But I'm happy to be in New Orleans."