Middle East

Libyan doctor in UK: 'Why I'm going home'

Image caption Despite a good life in the UK, the doctor wants to help Libya's people

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross has described as unacceptable that most of Libya is still cut off from humanitarian aid and that ordinary people are bearing the brunt of the violence.

One doctor from Libya, currently living in the UK, believes he can help. Just before leaving for Libya, he told the BBC why he has made the decision to leave his life and family behind in order to return to a nation in turmoil. His name is being withheld for security reasons.

When the word Libya comes to my mind, I usually weep and cry. It's more than 30 years since I have been to Libya and I am longing to go back.

I wanted to go from 17 February, the day of the uprising, to help out at the peaceful demonstrations.

I am not a fighting man. I haven't got any machine guns, no way. I'm just taking clothes.

With my medical background, I'm also taking my doctor's jacket. Just in case I need to work at a hospital.

I am expecting to go there to help out with whatever they ask me, from medicine to physiotherapy.

I could also help out logistically, by delivering food and medical supplies.

Perhaps I will help out with the human rights aspect, for example recording the moments of people killing each other, or people who are victims.

I will write it down and document it. In that way, we will have some sort of criminal record for Gaddafi and his associates.

I don't have a military background so they wouldn't advise me to go to the front anyway; if they do, then they must be desperate.

Red carpet

We will go through Egypt, that's the only way into Libya now. And from Egypt straight into Benghazi. And from there, we will see how it goes. I don't know what will happen.

My personal reasons for going are actually mixed. One, my family is there. I haven't seen my family for years; my sisters and brothers, my father and my uncles, they are all waiting for me.

"The minute you come, we will spread the red carpet", they said.

That is their way of welcoming me. We are a close family and I haven't seen them for years.

Secondly, I am longing to see where I was born and the streets that I used to play in and the people and the houses in Tripoli.

Gaddafi is besieging it now but I am hoping that in a few days, Tripoli will fall into the hands of the uprising.

I hope Allah will listen to my wish.

For more than 30 years, I have been looking forward to going back to my country and this minute has come.

My brother said to me: "Are you sure you want to go?"

All my friends said to me: "No, no, stay here". But I want go and see the country before I die.

All my life I have been looking forward to this moment. These people, they need lots of help and this help won't come if we don't go.

Bloodthirsty ruler

I am not a worried man. I expect victory for the people.

The situation in Zawiya, there are still people fighting against Gaddafi. It is a massacre.

Image caption The doctor is packing his medical jacket, in case he is asked to work in a hospital

My God, he is a ruthless man. Gaddafi has to be surgically removed from Libya.

I want to go and help them overthrow this ruthless, bloodthirsty ruler.

I pray that the day I go to Libya is the day Gaddafi will topple down.

I have lived all my life doing good work for others. I feel that the cause drives me there.

It will be difficult to say goodbye when I go to Libya.

We have a good life together here in the UK - my brother has been here for years.

I'm sure if I'm still alive, I will come back and we will be together again.

If I'm dead, then that's it, mercy of God on me and that's the end of it.

But I'm sure my family will remember me in a good way, will be proud of me that I helped people to stand up against a tyrant ruler.