Mum’s anguish over protesters in rebellion

Sarah Taylor, near a portrait of daughter Nadia, who has called for an end to violence in Libya
Sarah Taylor, near a portrait of daughter Nadia, who has called for an end to violence in Libya

A WIGAN mum who spent more than two years searching for her abducted daughter in Libya has called for an end to the violence which has claimed the lives of scores of protesters in the north African country.

Sarah Taylor and seven-year-old daughter Nadia have spent the last year adjusting to life back in Hindley, following a two-and-a-half year fight to bring the youngster home from Libya after she was taken by her father.

The uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime is the latest in a wave of rebellion sweeping across the region. It is feared more than 230 protesters have been killed in the Libyan unrest.

Sarah now fears many of her friends in Libya could be in danger after they were ordered by authorities to stay indoors.

She said: “It’s a difficult situation for everyone in Libya. I dread to think what would happen if I was still there. I would never have got Nadia back in the current circumstances.

“My friends out there have been told to stay indoors and not to go out by themselves.

“The protests have meant many of the shops have closed and the internet is down. Even the phone lines are proving to difficult to use.

“Most Libyan families live in very basic accommodation and many live together on the same floor of one building.

“Everyone wants to see an end to the violence. When you see the pictures on the news, it’s clear some kind of compromise needs to be made before things get any worse.”

Col Gaddafi has come under increasing pressure since thousands of anti-government protesters took to streets across the north African country. Witnesses estimate that more than 50 people have been killed in Tripoli since Sunday.

Before the unrest spread there, Human Rights Watch estimated that 233 people had been killed.

Hundreds of anti-Gaddafi campaigners in the UK have been protesting outside the BBC in Manchester’s Oxford Road since the weekend. They plan to protest for two hours every day until the Libyan uprising has concluded.

Sarah moved out to Libya as she fought to be reunited with her daughter. Nadia was four when her Libyan-born father Fawzi Abuarghub took her from her home in George Street, on the pretext of taking her to a party in May 2007.

He secretly flew from Manchester to his homeland.

After a series of court battles and another attempted abduction in Libya, they were finally reunited in December 2009 and the pair are now fully settled.