By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas woman visiting her son in Cairo when violence erupted is home now, safe in North Texas.  70-year-old Geraldine White returned to Mansfield with a story to tell.  “I couldn’t believe what happened.”

Geraldine White captured the sights and sounds of an Egyptian neighborhood on lock down. She was in Maadi,  about 20 minutes south of Cairo. She heard gunfire and saw neighbors preparing to fend for themselves.

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“You saw people barricading the streets. Neighbors sitting out protecting their own neighborhoods, the entire day.  So, whatever they could put their hands on they blocked the streets and absolutely nobody was getting by.”

White says the police officers that she had seen on every corner were gone, so neighbors turned over police stands and used them as street barricades to keep looters away.  “They just used whatever they had to protect themselves.”

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White, who spoke at an Egyptian church while she was there, says she feels connected to the land as a Christian.  “Loving God the way that I do, I hate to see anything happen to all that biblical history. But mostly, I feel badly for the people.”

Though safe at home now, White has not ruled out a return.  “I would love to see it fixed up, the people having their freedom and I would love to go back there some day.”

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Geraldine White says she’ll keep a close eye on the events unfolding in Egypt. Her son works for the United States Government and is still there. The last time she checked, he was okay.