Local Libyan families: Muammar Qaddafi's capture is joyful news

Those who lived in Libya under Qaddafi's rule say his death means the country can move forward


Omar Yaqub said he heard the happiest news he's ever heard Thursday morning when he got a phone call from a friend.

"I ran to the computer and I logged in and I saw it and I said, oh, the best news. I was extremely, extremely happy," Yaqub said.

Yaqub is studying Electrical Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He hasn't seen his family in Tripoli since he moved in Indianapolis in 2008.

He said it's been difficult to watch the unrest, the revolution and now the capture and death of Qaddafi away from his family. He said he has lost cousins and friends in the fight for freedom.

"It cost us a lot, but we've finally done it," Yaqub said.

Ali Albufaras knows the price of Libyan freedom, too. He was ten years old when Quaddafi took power in his home country. He recounted memories of watching public hangings on television. He said there was such a fear in the country to fight against Qaddafi.

Albufaras moved to the United States in 1978 and now lives in Zionsville with his family. This March, he learned his nephew died in Misrata fighting against Qaddafi's forces.

"In Islam we believe he goes to heaven, so we feel we are proud of him," said Albufaras.

He said the revolution could not have happened without the youth of the country leading the way.

"Everybody is like, 'we've got to do it we've got to do it together,' and that's how it happened. I'm very grateful to all the people from these towns who were not even in the military, they are the ones who captured him and are bringing him to justice," he said.

Both Albufaras and Yaqub said they want to returin to Libya this spring.