Lansing Man Escapes Egypt

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Steve Clark left his fiancee and her children behind and set out for a two month business trip in rural Egypt. There he lived in a compound surrounding the Siemens Energy Plant.

"There was a 30 foot wall surrounding it and guards with A-K 47s," said Steve Clark, a Siemens Energy employee.

He had stayed there less than 3 days when the internet and text-messaging services were shut down in the country.

"There was no reliable communication to the outside world. SOme guys got pretty panicked," said Clark.

Though the compound was secure with fortified walls and guards, company executives decided the uprising was escalating too fast, the 60 day trip became 6 days.

"I went to my boss about a problem and he said 'Don't worry about it. Give me your passport we're getting out of here,'" said Clark.

But getting out was 15 hours of one set back after another.

"The vans we hired to pick us up were hijacked. They said by some Egyptian prisoners that escaped," said Clark.

Then they switched vans outside Cairo because of strict vehicle regulations. Clark was first overwhelmed by the turmoil at the airport when he was separated from the group.

"I was trying to fight through the crowd and a Lady asked me to help protect her baby," said Clark, "When I got separated, I didn't know where I was going or how to speak the language. I started to panic."

After dreading flying for his job, Clark boarded the happiest flight of his life--to Frankfort, where he'd soon be heading home.

"I was so happy when he walked through the door," said Clark's fiancee Amy Bunn.

It took three days of travel to return. Clark says the cliche is true, there's no place like home.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Haslett on Feb 6, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    iv been following this story.. i felt bad for his soon to be wife. i dont know what she did with out him i know i couldnt live with out mine..prayed every day and night for everyone to return home safe..god was looking over they are home and safe..god bless
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