Fenton man is a voice for the Libyan rebels

Jun 2, 2011

Marisa Schultz has an amazing story in today's Detroit News.

It's about Mustafa Gheriani of Fenton, Michigan.

Gheriani is a U.S. citizen, but was born in Benghazi, Libya.

Last February, Gheriani traveled to Benghazi for a family wedding. The revolution broke out and Gheriani found himself speaking to western reporters on behalf of the Libyan rebels. From the article:

He reported scenes from the front lines, casualties and acknowledged the rag-tag limitations of the rebel army against Gadhafi's iron-fist regime. He worked tirelessly with a cadre of international reporters with one goal: "Libya news stayed on the front page."

Gheriani didn't mince words when talking to the press. Gadhafi's "hands are tainted with blood and we will not talk to him," Gheriani told the Associated Press in March.

Back home in Fenton, when his wife saw those words she thought, "'he's a dead man."

 When they were able to communicate his wife and sons would ask if he was safe. 

His response, "no."

 Geriani recently returned home to Fenton for his son's high school graduation, but he plans to go back and he hopes his family will come along too: 

After his son's graduation and open house, Gheriani said, he'll head back to Libya.

He hopes his family will join him to experience the revolution. It's one thing to see it on TV, he said, it's another to live it — together.

Then, his heart will no longer be torn.

After failed attempts at peace negotiations, the New York Times reports that NATO has resumed bombing Tripoli. 

And Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight on.