A so-called "Day of Rage" has ended with dozens more deaths in Egypt. Clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the military have led to hundreds of deaths this week in Cairo. A Sioux Falls man, who has family and business ties to Egypt, thinks the violence is days away from ending.
The stakes couldn't be any higher to Sam Makram.
"Basically, it's a war between good and evil," Makram said.
From his Sioux Falls home, Makram has been closely watching the violence unfolding in his native Egypt. He still has family living in Cairo.
"I'm in touch with them every day, thank God, they are doing pretty good. Obviously it's stressful, very stressful to see protesting every day in the street," Makram said.
Makram hopes the Egyptian military, now in charge of the country, will prevail over the demonstrators, whom he calls thugs and terrorists.
"There will be a lot of bloodshed because there's already bloodshed from their end because they are not peaceful protesters," Makram said.
Makram's newest home-based business venture involves raising crops using water filtered through fish aquariums. It's a process called aquaponics. He hopes to market his product in Egypt.
"Especially with the lack of water over there and lack of land for farming so I think it will work very well for us," Makram said.
But any business deals will have to wait until the violence ends.
Makram thinks it will be a matter of days, not weeks or months, before order is restored in his former homeland.
"Every beautiful island is created from a volcano and I think we will end with a very good solution. Egypt that we want is Egypt that we're going to get," Makram said.
Makram calls the Obama Administration's response to the violence in Egypt, "wishy-wash." He thinks the U.S. is taking the side of religious extremists who are behind much of the violence.