Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mundura and drama of the dirty war in Libya

The outrages committed by Muammar Gaddafi to quell the revolution in Libya are so systematic that even Human Rights Commission has denounced the UN. This body, which came to be chaired by the Libyan regime, stated in a report that the Tripoli government is perpetrating "war crimes and crimes against humanity." Mundura not read the document, but you know everything first hand.

Lives in Misrata, besieged by missiles from three months ago. Gadafistas militias have kidnapped 13 members of his family, including his father and two brothers. Thousand other people have suffered the same fate in this city, the main rebel enclave west of the country. "When soldiers came to the farm, we all hid.

I crawled under some pipes in a stupid place, and they found me first," recalls Mundura, with an embarrassed half-smile. It's a boy of 15, brown hair and look smart. One by one the gadafistas were gathering the whole family. Handcuffed men: Mundura himself and his brothers, 17 and 18. We gave the rifle butts and asked them for Jamal, his father, a police colonel at that time was not at home.

Then taken, with all money and valuables they could find. It was early April in Tamima, on the outskirts of Misrata. Some neighbors said Mundura, accused of keeping arms to the rebels. "But we had nothing." In the barracks, Mundura was left alone in a room. "It felt like another planet.

I heard screaming and crying. They were abusing my brothers." Mundura asked to be allowed to see them. "No, go home," he responded. When tried, with his father, to alert the rest of the family, it was too late. The army had kidnapped gadafista uncles and cousins. "My father decided he could not stay that way and it was delivered to the barracks.

Halfway ran into the patrol came to fetch him." Have had no contact since. "Someone told us that they are in Abu Salim, Tripoli prison where the regime in 1996 killed 1,200 prisoners in three days. Mundura, his mother and sisters, a six-year-old and newborn, remained under siege for a month on the farm, until the rebels were rescued.

Now they have moved with their grandfather, who despairs when Mundura placed on the roof of the house red flag, black and green of Libya released. Is not the time, tells the old man. The war continues, the gadafistas lurk on the periphery and may return. "I do not care. Also, if I have, I can see my father." Authorities Misrata rebels are organizing a record of repression.

Cases of abduction and enforced disappearance are about a thousand, according to Salah Haweel, manager of a web page on the victims (www. victimsly. Com). "Sometimes the jail, sometimes they are forced recruitment, often just make them disappear." Misrata incommunicado, which is under siege and no phone, or fixed or mobile search makes this agonizing task as impossible.

"We were asking here and there, and we believe that our family have led to Yafran" said Mohamed Shaluf, a businessman turned into a volunteer photographer for the rebel communications equipment. "In total, 35 people, men, women and children forcibly removed from their homes. Even my father, who is 87 years.

What could it hurt this man?". Gadafista Yafran is a stronghold located 200 kilometers south of Tripoli. Shaluf is convinced that they took them away, like many others, for use as human shields against a possible NATO attack. The organization Human Rights Watch, said they are investigating.

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