Lansing Teen Stuck in Libya

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

"When I talked to her two days ago, she's frantic, she's crying, 'I can't get out of the country."

That is Anne Snider's description of a phone call she got from her daughter, Noura Abdul Hamed, on Tuesday.

Abdul Hamed is a Libya, on an adventure to discover her roots. A recent high school grad, she went to meet her biological father for the first time. He is libyan by birth, and met her mom studying at LCC 20 years ago.

Abdul Hamed, who has dual citizenship, had traveled with him since she arrived at the end of August. To leave, she had to retrieve her Libyan passport. It had been taken for verification when she arrived. Snider says Noura told her they told she couldn't have it, and couldn't leave.

"I don't think she's being told the truth," Snider says.

She contacted Senator Carl Levin's office Wednesday. She'll call the consolate in Tripoli directly next. Levin's office says they will get involved is the state department and the consolate can't help.

"She's Christian, she's outspoken, raised American," Snider worries. Though American relations with Libya are mostly good right now, our history with it's president Moumar Gaddafi is not. Snider says she worried, but Noura's father assured her things would be okay.

"She wants to come home. She wants to come home right now," Snider says.

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  • by Ismael Location: malta on Sep 14, 2007 at 08:18 AM
    Chill out! Some people are really lazy there and for god's sake don't worry, they wont kidnap anyone for dual citizenship or anything... Libya is much better now. Some follow-up always helps, make sure she keeps in touch with someone in authority!
  • by shukri Location: abdullah on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    It happened to me too because they need to do a what is called an electronic number to her passport. be patient but she will be home soon there is no more risk or problems in Libya it is just a lazy employee who do the job in weeks instead of minutes. contact me if you need info i am in California
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    She called, she got her passport back and is coming home.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Sep 12, 2007 at 06:56 PM
    WOW! This is a poorly written article. Sorry to hear about that poor girl. If she has dual citizenship, then there is very little the United States can do. I hope they find a solution, to bring her home. Most Muslim states require women to have permission, from the head male of the family, in order to leave the country. I don’t know if this is a family dispute, or a problem with Libya’s governmental bureaucracy. I only hope, she makes it safely home.
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