Zawiya Live Phone Call - March 11th, 2011
Lest we forget...
Live phone call on March 11th from Zawiya - a city of 200,000 was destroyed. Evidence was destroyed, bodies were dug up and removed, people were shot in hospitals, and it goes on and on.
This is why the U.N. passed Resolution 1973, as Gaddafi threatened the same fate for Benghazi and Misrata and the Nafusa Mountains...
Here is the video of the Live Phone Call taken on AlArabiya:
Here is a translation, although his heart-wrenching sobs are universally understood:
The reporter is asking : “What is happening in Zawiya ? We see demonstrations supporting Gaddafi on Libyan tv – can you tell us what is really going on in Zawiya ?”
Civilian : “What’s happening in Zawiya is tragic. There are no supporting demonstrations. There are people he brought here. He is sticking us with aircrafts. He is doing what Holako did. He is taking dead people from the ground. He has taken people from the hospitals. I have my dead son next to me here in the house. (He is crying, sobbing.) I can’t bury my own son. “
He is asking people from Sabha, from neighboring cities, to help.
He is saying, “Gaddafi doesn't fear God; he is not human. Doesn’t anyone have humanity any more? Why do Algeria and Syria not support the no-fly zone”
Call is cut off at this point.
Further news reports and tweets of the brave stand taken by the citizens of Zawiya (aka Zawiyah aka Zawia ) in February and early March, before they ran out of ammunition and were overrun by Gaddafi's forces, is here.
As the Gaddafi regime is still in control of the area (as of August 8th) , all that has happened there is not yet know.
( Other Eyewitness statements, from Tripoli, are available from our Selected Translations page. )