Wednesday, April 04, 2012

On The Frontlines - Part 3

'Anderson' is in repeats this week and we decided to take a look back to a special Anderson Cooper anchored that aired on AC360, Friday, December 23rd, 2011.

Back now with Hala with Ivan Watson, Nick Robertson, Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman.

Ben you, I mean, you live in Cairo, your family was there. So, the same time that all of this was happening; you are also concerned about your family and their well-being.

: No. I mean, I was completely split, ripped in two. Because on the one hand, I wanted to cover the resolution. On the other, my neighborhood became an armed camp. My neighbors put barricades on the roads. They pulled out weapons I didn't know they had. Shotguns, machine guns, samurai swords. And even my 17-year-old son was out every night with a baseball bat and German shepherd and joining the patrol because we live in a very nice neighborhood surrounded by slums, next to Egypt's largest prison.

: I'll never forget broadcasting with you and with Hala. We snuck from the hotel to the bureau because it would have a better satellite feed for us. And moments before we went on the air, you saw or the security saw some people coming out through the back alley. And the bureau is completely open. There's anybody can get into the building. And that's when we decided to turn off all the lights, get down on the floor. And actually - and the security guy suddenly jammed the couch in front of the door. I was like that's our high-tech security? Jammed the couch in front of the door. And we just went ahead with the broadcast on the floor. That, for me, was one of the most intense moments.

AC360 Transcript
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