In what can only be described as rare and profoundly moving experience, a Fox News correspondent had the opportunity to personally meet and thank the man who saved his life from a horrific beating by an angry mob in Egypt. Greg Palkot, along with a cameraman and a Canadian journalist suffered a horrific run-in with a mob in Egypt's Tahrir square in February. All three were badly beaten but survived thanks to a few brave samaritans who stepped in to help -- one of them was Youssif Ghalez.
Relaying the events as they unfolded that day, Palkot writes:
For eight hours, he sheltered us in his apartment near Tahrir Square. At great risk to his own life, he kept us under wraps while thugs ransacked the rest of the floor searching for foreigners and then using the hallway just outside the apartment as a staging ground for lighting Molotov cocktails.
I can remember him peering through the frosted glass of his apartment door while the hooligans ran wild, ready to throw his life on the line for ours.
He gave us food, water, blankets, and being a Coptic Christian, even prayed with us.
Today, Youssif was genuinely surprised and happy to see me. Amazingly, he told me just today he was thinking about our experience together.
According Palkot, Youssif said he too had fled and was also beaten, adding that he had been threatened again during recent riots.
I asked him how he felt about things in this country. With Islamist parties surging in the current parliamentary elections, some fear for the fate of minorities like Christians.
He said he hoped for the best. And invited me to return when things are a bit more calm.I agreed. A good man, indeed.