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Tuesday
Feb222011

Libyan-Americans Call For UN Intervention in Libya

File: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe gives a press conference about the situation in Libya outside the UN Security Council at the United Nations. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- A group of Libyan-Americans gathered in Fairfax, Virginia, Tuesday to express their support for the Libyan people and called for direct intervention from the United Nations.

“We are really concerned.  We are so concerned about the safety of our families in Libya,” Ashraf Tulty, an organizer for the group, said.  “We urge the international community to intervene through the U.N. to stop this bloodshed.”

Tulty’s second cousin died in Libya as a victim of the uprising earlier this week.  Nearly 500 Libyan-American families live in the D.C. area.  They have made intermittent contact with family and friends in Libya, but all expressed fear of the events that might unfold in the coming days.

“We hear news left and right, and that is creating a state of uncertainty to everybody,” Tulty said.  “But we do know that people are suffering, scared, worried, and they really live in the condition of uncertainty and fear.”

Adam Ahmed, a college student at George Mason University, is part of a group of about 25 students who have created a “situation room” in Maryland, designed to keep in constant contact with family and friends in Libya.  The “situation room” is set up in the living room of someone’s home, where young people sit camped out with laptops in their laps trying to communicate with Libyans via phone and Skype when Internet connectivity is strong enough.

Shortly after Gadahfi’s speech Tuesday afternoon, Ahmed spoke with family and friends in Libya who expressed fear and concern over escalating violence in a country that he described as remaining “in a state of fear of chaos.”

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