|Published:||Mar 03, 2011 4:39 AM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 03, 2011 1:39 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers woman is working to bring medicine-- and communication-- back to her native Libya.
"The last 24 hours have been a little worrisome, just with further breakdown," said Tehjan Sherif Prendiville.
It has been a mix of concern and wonder for Prendiville as she watches the situation in Libya unfold.
"The revolution is amazing. The bravery and fight for freedom," Prendiville said. "For the last 42 years, these people have been living under this madman's rule."
Born in Tripoli, Prendiville was raised in the U.S. She says the world shouldn't believe Moammar Gadhafi's claims that people are happy and there is no torture. She's seen cell phone clips from family showing the reality, and the brutality.
But Prendiville lost contact with loved ones in Libya as the revolution began.
"My first real information to know anyone was ok was a video of my father that showed he was alive and well," Prendiville said.
Prendiville saw her father interviewed on CNN in late February, talking about protecting the region's oil from Gadhafi.
"Unless this massacre is stopped immediately, we are going to stop the oil," Abdullah Sherif said in the CNN interview.
Her father was not in the center of the violence in the capitol of Tripoli, but she says two brothers and several cousins are there, and were taken by the Gadhafi regime.
Getting word on their whereabouts has been difficult.
"The normal means of communication have dried up," Prendiville said. "One of the things we're trying to do is to do a relief effort, and include in that relief effort satellite phones, so the communication can stay up on a consistent basis."
Prendiville is hoping to collect satellite phones, as well as medicine and medical supplies, to be sent on an Egypt Air cargo flight to the region.
To find out how to donate, go to www.islamicreliefusa.org/libya or contact Prendiville by e-mail.