The situation in Sirte is dire. Six weeks under siege after months of aerial attacks. Children and old people dead of hunger and thirst. Water supply hit. Hospitals without medical supplies to treat the ill and injured, and then bombed by NATO. The dead lying in the streets.
Constant ‘targeted’ nightly aerial bombardment by NATO air forces. Constant ‘fire at will’ daytime attacks from ill-disciplined NTC rebels using tanks, rockets, mortars and howitzers.
In their missile-launcher-laden graffiti-decorated pick-up trucks, the rebels drive into the city edges in the morn and back out by dark, hailed as ‘freedom-fighters’ by their embedded foreign press, they more resemble armed gangs.
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The abolition of slavery world wide is far from complete. Despite international and domestic laws against the practice of slavery, there are now some twenty-seven million people living as slaves. More than nine million are children. Every year vast numbers of human beings are trafficked both internationally and within national borders. In fact it is now cheaper to purchase a slave than it has ever been at any point in history.