Ro'ya Zanaty, featured in Bill Weir's story which aired this past Monday, responded to some of our viewers' questions. She also responded to over 60 of your Facebook messages. Read responses to viewers' questions below:
chatsquad asked: "how did ABC news pick you for that interview ? I'd love to hear that ... and again , I'm really proud of you . God bless you."
Ro'ya answered: "my colleague at work has a brother who works for abc news and he was calling to ask if she knows of any 21-year-olds coz for her university job...it happens that i am passing in front of her and she asks 'how old are u?' and i am like, 'i turn 21 tomorrow' and i guess the rest is history =))"
CallsignArrow asked: "You and your friends speak very good English, with almost an American accent. Where did you learn to speak English?"
Ro'ya answered: "i used to go to a british school since kindergarden infact as a child my english was getting way much better than my arabic that my parents decided to make me attend two schools....my english one and an arabic one."
JonMPa asked: "What opinions or advice does she have for Americans thinking of traveling to nations such as Egypt?"
Ro'ya answered: "ur coming to a country that has over 5,000 years of culture and history so make the most outta the experience... and there is A LOT more to egypt than the pyramids and sphynx and even cairo.... do ur research before coming and Egypt has something to offer for absolutly everyone....no matter what ur intrests are."
escargo14 asked: what would happen if you fell in love with a non-Muslim, non-Egyptian man?
Ro'ya answered: "if hes a non-Muslim then nothing could happen unless he converts if he wants to. if not, then we go our seperate ways. if he is a non-Egyptian than thats great...halleluiah...finally a man worth falling in love with =)) in other words the nationality makes absolutly zero difference.
CHUCKMITZY asked: "Roya you seem nice. I don't like the eight year Bush term and what it done to the world. I also don't like the way many foreign countries including Egypt for decades have blackmailed the United States for financial support. We give billions of US dollars each year because we know if we don't we will have trouble with these countries. I wish we would stop the aid money because we get no respect from the populations anyway. Don't you agree?"
Ro'ya answered: "When i referred to America as a jock, i was talking about its muscle flexing that its doing right now....as for the 'totally useless nation,' i meant that in the long run coz i dont think the ppl themselves want to continue like that and with an administration that follows that sorta regime. and as a result of that muscle flexing between Reagan, George Bush Sr., and George Bush Jr. the States is now in a national debt of nine trillion US dollars....dont tell me that if that continues, u'll be better off....as for the billions of dollars in U.S. foreign and humanitarian aid to Egypt, if the states is already in that much national debt, i see that stopping or minimizing considerably in the very near future. (then again that is just my opinion i am NOT an expert in politics, nor in the humanitarian aid program)."
OkieBee asked: "You are very assured and confident as well as seeming determined. My question concerns you desire to bring nine children into your world. Your country does not have enough jobs for the population already so why would you wish to add to that problem? Perhaps you would be better off working to bring more jobs to your country."
Ro'ya answered: "hehehehe i WANT 9 children doesnt exactly mean i'll get all nine...that was just wishful thinking on my behalf and it just came out loud (i love large families)...but i would never bring nine children into the world we are in today...i just wouldn't be able to give them ALL 100% all the time, and they wouldnt get the 100% form the world itself (education, jobs, environment, etc...) and no kid deserves any less."
jesstonya 87 asked: "We are viewed by many in the European and Middle Eastern countries as "bullies" especially since our response to 9-11 and the Iraq War. My question for you if you would be so kind as to response is given this scenario; If Egypt had been the target of 19 radical individuals that took hostage 3 planes loaded with Egyptians including possibly people of other countries and the Dubai tower was complete and filled with people, then crashed those planes into that tower and destroyed 2,974 human beings lives including their families, what do you think should be the appropriate response to this attack on human life?"
Ro'ya answered: "i dont know how Egypt in specific would've responded but i do know that in the course of the past 50 years we as arabs have been under similar if not worse attacks that were spread throughout the arab nation. where around a million people have died if not more. And i dont see us responding the way america did by invading a country it has no right to be in just because it "thought it had weapons of mass destruction and that it's better to be safe than sorry" and it's already been 5 years and no trace of such weapons have been found."
PhyllisD2404 asked:"There was a comment about your dream of owning an advertising company and that jobs didn't come easy for girls, so what is the incentive for women to go to college. I was told by an Imam that Muhammad told all muslims to seek knowledge form "craddle to the Grave," but your not religious, so what is your motivation?"
Ro'ya answered: "i never mentioned that jobs dont come easily for women...on the contrary..it's just that the job market here is highly competitive...so the incentive is strong to not only get an education but a good one."