Libyan students at LSU wait for news from home

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 5:34 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Mar 22, 2011 6:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- It's been 10 days since Safa Elnaili spoke to her family in Banghazi, Libya. While she worries about their safety, she's proud they're involved with the fight to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade rule.

"You know what, we don't care, if you want to kill us, go ahead. It's either we get our freedom, or we die," Elnaili said.

Four years ago she and her husband moved to Baton Rouge, her family stayed in Libya. Elnaili says her brother, a doctor, was nearly killed while he tried to help some of the wounded rebel forces.

"Those rebels are not actually military men, they're teachers, university students, shop keepers, fighting shoulder to should to protect their city, to protects their families, to protect their wives from getting raped, their children from getting killed," Elnaili said.

Ibrahim Matri, an engineering student at LSU, talks to his family in Tripoli, Libya's capitol, nearly every day.

"I heard that even some supplies are hard to get, like bread for instance," Matri said.

Matri and Elnaili plan to move back to Libya, eventually. Elnaili says she hopes, when that day comes, there's democracy in her country.

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