SEATTLE - Yosef Elberkawi's Libyan flag waves in the wind outside of his house. It's a silent show of pride for the home he hasn't been able to return to in 25 years.
"When I left home I was 18 years old," he said.
While studying in England, Elberkawi spoke out against Moammar Gadhafi. He says Gadhafi's people then threatened his life. He was later granted political asylum here in the United States.
"America is my country, my girls go to school here, my life is here but you can't help but miss your mom, your dad, your sisters," he said.
Elberkawi has hope things are changing.
"Part of me is so unbelievably excited I can't go to sleep I wake up in the middle of the night to see what is happening."
Suhil Abdurrahaman has lived in Seattle since he was 3 but his ties to Libya are strong.
"We can finally be proud of where we're from because when people say where are you from and you say Libya they automatically say oh Gadhafi," he said.
Both of these men are hopeful for a revolution but they worry about the lives that will be lost.
"I want to go home, I want to see the street I grew up on I want to see my neighbors and I feel it is coming soon but I am worried about the final days," said Elberkawi.