A Lubbock mother finally receives the call she'd been waiting for. Her daughter is coming home from Lebanon. It's continuing coverage to a story NewsChannel 11 first brought you on Tuesday. Namet Beydoun was living near Sidon. Friday morning her mother, Terri learned Namet had arrived in Beirut, and would soon head to Cyprus.
Terri tells us she's finally turned off her television. She'd been glued to Lebanon coverage since the violence began, but Friday she tells us she can breathe a sigh of relief. "She said, mommy we're going. I'm packed," said Terri. That's what Namet told her mother around 10:00 p.m. Thursday. "I don't think if I told her wait it would have mattered," said Terri. She says Namet traveled with her uncle, aunt, and cousin who are citizens of Cyprus. They headed for the Cypriot Embassy in Beirut with a group of evacuees. "No military. It was on their own," said Terri.
The trip had Terri worried. Hezbollah fighters have been bombing cars in the area. "She said I will text mail my son when she gets there," said Terri. The text came around 4:30 a.m. Friday. That's when Terri called her daughter who had good news. Namet had reached the Embassy, and was boarding a bus to port. Soon she would be on a ship to Cyprus. "It's the first time I've turned off the TV. I actually contemplated leaving the house today, maybe. Until I hear from her though, I'll probably stay," said Terri.
Terri says your thoughts and prayers played a major roll in Namet's safe departure. "I appreciate their calls. I appreciate their prayers. I appreciate the good people who pray, that held a girl in their prayers that they didn't know and had never seen. I thank them," said Terri. Namet is supposed to call her mother when she arrives in Cyprus. Terri tells us she'll call us when the news comes, so we can let our viewers know. Terri hopes to have Namet here in Lubbock by next month.
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