Libya photo diary
August 1, 2011 by lizziephelan
With thanks to Sukant Chandan for the photos.
Copyright Sukant Chandan
THE REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN OF LIBYA: Mother and 17 year old daughter who are an example of the masses of Libyan women who have volunteered to take up the government weapons training and government issued weapons on offer and to run one of the very few checkpoints in Tripoli. Masses of women are also fighting on the frontline. All of this mother's sons are fighting on the frontline and in tears she explained to us that she would be happy to give her blood to protect her beloved leader Muammar Gaddafi and country who she said has always worked hard for the liberation of Libyan women. She called for death to NATO and told them to face the people on the ground instead of being cowards in the sky. She said every Libyan who dies is her child, that it is why it is her duty to do everything in her power to defend her family, people, leader and country.
Mother setting the revolutionary example to her daughter
this 17 year old sister said Muammar Gaddafi is her father because of all he has done for the liberation of women in Libya. She said her mother brought her up to be strong and stand up for her people.
interviewing sister Sara, 21, who 2 weeks ago along with a group of other mainly women, set up this camp for people who have fled from the rebels across Libya. She is receiving support from the local community and government. The people who come to the camp are rapidly re-housed by the government until it is safe for them to return to their homes.
- with refugees at a hotel in Tripoli. They have fled the “rebels” and areas where the horrifying atrocities committed by them are rife, such as Misrata, Tawergha and the western mountains.
Sister Nayeem with her 12 day old-daughter. Fled Misrata from the "rebels" who murdered her 17 year old brother-in law, now in the safety of a five star hotel in Tripoli where they should soon be re-housed by the government until Misrata is safe to return to.
Nayeem with baby daughter and her husband Wad holding a picture of his brother, who like many other black Libyans was assassinated by the "rebels" because of Al Jazeera's false claim that Gaddafi was hiring mercenaries from other parts of Black Africa
interviewing Dr Odei
One of the many Libyan families in our hotel
with foreign minister Khaled Kaim who Sukant has known from many years ago when he was in Derry, Ireland participating in a youth conference organised by anti-imperialists in england and Ireland in conjunction with the Libyans.