Sherief is the boyfriend of my friend Andrea. She is keeping up to date with him through email and giving a bunch of us updates on his status and the situation in Cairo. Please watch the video on ABC news and spread the word. You can follow Sherief and his friends on twitter to read more and see videos from Tahrir square.
A message from Andrea:
Hello friends and friends of Sherief,
I have received a lot of messages and e-mails from folks who are worried about Sherief. Thanks very much for thinking of him and keeping him and the people of Egypt in your thoughts. I just wanted to let you all know he is in good spirits and safe.
He’s been staying with some friends downtown, near Tahrir square. He told me he’d been down at the protests, filming, chanting, giving people food, talking to protesters, getting excited, helping at the makeshift clinic, interviewing folks, being worried, and mostly glad he’s participating in a momentous time for Egypt.
Some of you may have seen a photo of him where he is a little bruised. Indeed, he was hit by a rock in Tahrir square yesterday; he has had medical attention and is fine. I hear it looks worse than it feels.
Meet Sherief Gaber, a young man who rushed to Egypt from his studies at the University of Texas earlier this week to check on his grandmother and meet up with friends who were protesting.
ABC’s David Muir met Gaber on the flight into Cairo. Today, Muir checked in with him again and found him battered but not broken. Sherief said he had been struck in the face by rocks in Tahrir Square.
It’s one story in a sea of escalating violence, as pro and anti-Mubarak protesters clash. This morning there, automatic gunfire was heard before dawn in Tahrir, with reports of multiple deaths.
Watch Gaber’s story here: