NAPERVILLE (CBS) — The uprising in Libya is very personal for one Naperville family. They have a loved one there who is helping revolutionaries try to win their freedom.
Amal’s husband left for Libya for the last three weeks and she doesn’t know when he’s coming back.
“I’ve been begging him to come every day. ‘Please leave. Please leave,’” Amal, who asked that her last name be withheld, told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov.
Amal doesn’t want to identify her husband for fear it would somehow put him at risk
“He just wanted to help people. He felt obligated. There’s a lot of killing going on,” she explains.
Amal supports what her husband is doing. So do his children.
“I want him to come home so bad,” says his 22-year-old daughter, Sarah. “I’m proud of him but I’m so nervous. It’s just like a mix of emotions. I want him to come home so bad but at the same time I know that Libya is our country and I know that anything that he can, he will do it.”
While they wait, they watch. And they’re constantly on the Internet, hoping to learn more about the uprising and what dictator Muammar Gadhafi is doing to fight it. Amal’s mom and most of her 10 brothers and sisters are still in Libya.
Sarah says every night, she just prays they will not get a phone call with bad news and have another day with their loved ones.
Amal says she’s terrified — for her husband, her mother, her family and for her country.
They believe it’s time for Gadhafi’s 42-year reign of terror to come to an end. But, they ask, at what cost? They believe thousands of Libyan’s have already been killed since the revolution began. Most communication is down, too.
But they are happy the international community is now helping the rebels.
“I am very, very relieved,” says Amal.