Local doctor takes supplies to Libya

Credit: AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill

Libyans take pictures of anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi graffiti outside the Al-Katiba military base, which fell to anti-Gadhafi protesters last week.

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 26 at 3:19 PM

PORTLAND -- A local doctor is heading to Libya with relief organization Medical Teams International.  Dr. Omar Reda will be helping out at a handful of Benghazi hospitals with several other physicians.

"I don't think it's fear," said Reda about his upcoming trip to the volatile region. "I think it's more anxiety, just seeing horrific things."

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Since the violence broke out in mid-February, Reda has been watching from his home in Oregon.

"It's very unfortunate what is going on," said Reda.  "The bloodshed, the bombing of innocent, unarmed civilians who are asking for nothing but their safety and freedom and basic human rights."

The native of Libya is scheduled to meet several physicians in Egypt and escort medical supplies into Benghazi.  The doctors will then help out at a handful of hospitals.

"I was an emergency room physician before coming to the United States and I will re-use my emergency room skills," said Reda.

The medical supplies should provide medical care for 10,000 Libyans for three months.  Reda said it is an honor to volunteer his time in his homeland.

"I'm not here as a hero," said Reda.  "I'm here to give the voice of these people to the Oregon community."

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