A Cardiff woman who's lived in Libya for nearly thirty years says she fears for her life at the hand of Islamist terrorists. She says the British Government is failing to do all it can to help her escape Benghazi and return to Wales. The woman, who married a Libyan but still has family in Cardiff, has told ITV News that she faces being beheaded or 'gunned down in the street' because she's a foreigner and 'stands out like a sore thumb.'
The woman, who's asked us to refer to her as "P", has lived in Benghazi for 27 years after marrying a Libyan man. But she's Welsh-born and raised, as are all her children. Her father still lives in Cardiff.
She says life in Benghazi has become desperate and dangerous since the rebels, which she says belong to Jihadi organisation, ISIS (or IS), started shelling and destroying government buildings over the last month. She told me that her whole family is terrified and afraid to leave their home.
"P" is critical of what she says the Foreign Office's 'appalling' response to her plight, saying that 'nobody seems to want to know what's going on.' She claims Foreign Office officials have told her to leave Benghazi for the Libyan capital Tripoli, a journey that she says is impossibly dangerous. A text offering seats on a flight from a nearby airport was sent two days after the flight left.
A Foreign Office spokesperson says that it remains in contact with British nationals who want to leave Libya and is continuing to look for opportunities to evacuate them.