U.S. student opts to stay in Egypt
A man shouts slogans during Tuesday's protest at Cairo's Tahrir Square.
February 1st, 2011
11:17 AM ET

U.S. student opts to stay in Egypt

Thousands of American tourists and residents are fleeing Cairo, taking State Department-chartered flights sent to ferry American citizens out of the escalating crisis zone. But amid the chaos, one young American woman has decided to stay and document the uprising from the frontlines.

Lauren Bohn, a 23-year-old Fulbright Fellow studying Arabic and journalism at American University in Cairo, told CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday what she is seeing on the ground and what prompted her to remain in Cairo.

"I've been caught in some tear gas and bumped around a few times, but, if anything, the people here on the ground are very protective of foreigners," Bohn says.

"It's been essentially a media blackstorm," Bohn said about reports of media outages in Cairo. "I was able to tweet yesterday for about an hour. I found internet. I can't tell you where I found it, but I was able to upload some video and people have been able to call me on my cell phone, on my Blackberry."

Bohn said although she's been unable to make outgoing international calls, she can receive them. "It's been completely demobilizing, and, of course, that's the whole point," she said.

She said she has not felt any danger or hostility toward Americans from demonstrators.

"They're embracing me on the ground and embracing people on the ground," Bohn said.

"They want to make sure that the U.S. government is hearing them."