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Sea remains lifeline for Misrata

08-01-2011 09:01 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will dawn in Libya just a few hours from now. In the rebel-held city of Misrata , the special foods that people need for the month of fasting are in short supply. But as CCTV correspondent Jack Barton reports, basic goods are still reaching the city by the only route still available: the sea.

Food aid being distributed from a central warehouse in the Libyan rebel enclave of Misrata.

It’s the start or the holy fasting month of Ramadan during which Muslims must eat and drink only before dawn or after dusk.

Here… the meal that breaks the day’s fast should begin with milk and fruit.

Mohamed Salem Al Misrati, food aid recipient, said, “This month we are in Ramadan and for example things like milk and fruit it’s the main food and this time we don’t have it”.

The frontline is now forty kilometers from Misrata.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will dawn in Libya just a few hours from now. In the rebel-held city of Misrata , the special foods that people need for the month of fasting are in short supply.

On land the city remains surrounded by government soldiers.

Despite this enough food aid is reaching the city to feed the inhabitants.

Some of it comes from abroad, but a lot of it is donated by Libyans living in less isolated rebel-held areas.

Mohamed Ibrahim Ashami, Relief Distribution Manager, said, “In this food relief we have Macaroni, yogurt, sugar, tea, rice and we thank God and the hard work of the Misratan and Libyan people”.

And this is how it gets to Misrata.

The only way in or out of the city is by sea.

This vessel is bringing supplies donated by fellow Libyans in Benghazi.

Jack Barton said, “These ships don’t just carry food and water. Also on board are supplies for Misrata’s water treatment system that was destroyed by the fighting. On the next ship there will be de-mining vehicles that will help clear the thousands of land mines left behind by retreating Gaddafi forces.

The ships also carry humanitarian workers such as medics.

Glyn Saunders, logistics cluster officer of WFP, said, “We believe that if the shipping service was to cease then the ability of the people of Misrata to survive would be more challenging but in particular the humanitarian operation would be severely curtailed”.

These ships are Misrata’s only lifeline and are likely to remain so until this conflict draws to a close.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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