Catholic student tweets from Cairo on unrest

PHILADELPHIA -- A Catholic student in the tumultuous Egyptian capital of Cairo on a Fulbright Scholarship has been using Twitter to record her impressions of the growing popular uprising calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Lauren Bohn has been using Twitter, as well as dispatches through Salon.com and NowLebanon.com, to give voice to the people in the street and in Tahrir Square, the uprising's epicenter.

On Feb. 2, when Egyptian secret police started openly battling with the crowds in Tahrir Square after a week of demonstrations, Bohn tweeted 33-year-old Karim Sabat's words: "I feel like everything we've been fighting for and have gained is now lost," and "Anyone who says they have any idea what's going on right now is lying." She also relayed a message from Rhanya Ahmed, 55, from Giza, Egypt: "We are not thugs. We don't want war."

Bohn, a 2005 graduate of Villa Maria Academy High School in Malvern, Pa., is studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at the American University in Cairo.