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Crosby mother's fears for daughter's safety in Libya

A Merseyside woman is calling on the government to do more to bring her family back from Libya.

Gillian Currie's daughter Jennifer, of Thornton, Crosby, was visiting her Libyan partner's family in Gharyan, south of Tripoli, when protests began.

She is now too afraid to travel the 80 miles (129km) to the capital with her two young daughters for a flight out.

Ms Currie's local MP, Labour's Bill Esterson, said it was "an incredibly difficult situation".

Ms Currie, 28, travelled to Libya with her partner, whom she met on Merseyside, and children - aged six months and six - to visit his family about six months ago.

But since the uprising in parts of the country against Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, she has largely remained indoors, afraid to go out on the streets.

'Angry and frustrated'

"I'm so angry, so frustrated. I'm not there for her - I can't do anything," Gillian Currie told the BBC.

"All she needs is money for a taxi to come to her front door to get her to Tripoli and then the embassy can sort her out.

"When it comes to British workers they had a helicopter for them and took them away straight away. It's just not right, I'm so angry.

"To me, my daughter hasn't got a chance of getting out of that war and I feel so helpless.

"One day I might get a phone call to say, 'Oh, by the way, your daughter and your two grandkids are dead.'"

Mr Esterson, the MP for Sefton Central, was contacted by Ms Currie's "increasingly concerned" family on Friday and raised her case with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The MP said he had received assurances that emergency passports and a flight out of Tripoli would be provided - but getting them to the capital was the problem.

"It's clearly a very dangerous place to be, especially for a woman from Crosby with two small children," said Mr Esterson.

"Although we have gained assurances that emergency passports and safe flight out of Tripoli are being provided, the 80-mile journey to the capital city is extremely dangerous.

"Any reasonable person would expect the British government to do everything they can to get this family home where they belong," said Mr Esterson.

"We are aware of her case and we are in regular contact and providing consular assistance," said a Foreign Office spokesperson.

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