Libyan Couple Reacts to Rebels Taking Tripoli

 

Four months ago, I interviewed Tarejk and Arwa Rtami, a Libyan couple living in New Orleans in order to attend the University of New Orleans. When Libya broke out in Civil War, Tarejk and Arwa felt trapped. Their twin sons, then 18 months old, stayed in Tripoli with their family, and their communication home was limited by what they could safely say on the telephone. Months later, when rebel fighters entered Tripoli, the capital of Libya and a vital stronghold of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Tarejk and Arwa spent nearly every waking hour streaming news from home, full of hope for the future.

Translation in this story provided by Khaled Haggazi.

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