soldiers held as prisoners of war, talk about the lack of resources and loyalty between pro-government forcesThe six men naked
oriented school library, their faces anxious and depressed. Not long ago this room, with its Arabic and Webster, was for the children studied. Today it houses prisoners of war.
shirts and baggy pants, and conscious of his words were heard by the guards of the rebels, the men sat at a long table to tell how they came to fight for a man in a negligent War barely understand.
Some said they were promised an escape from poverty, if Muammar Gaddafi struggled, but never saw the money. Some of them released in the first line with no military experience, suggested that the forces of Gaddafi were short of resources and morale.
between 17 and 47, all said they meekly surrendered a week ago when Gaddafi's army was forced to withdraw from a village in the mountains of western Libya . Are held in the rebel stronghold in a school tour Zinta in custody, which now houses 147 inmates -. Of which 25 are foreign nationals, officials
The six men were black and said that all had their roots in neighboring countries of Mali and Niger, although some were born in Libya and Libyan nationality was. This does not comply with the numerous reports of mercenaries who come from abroad specifically to serve the regime. Many were recruited in the south of the Libyan city of Sebha, a bastion of Gaddafi.
The youngest was Yousef Issa, 17, student workers from Mali metal who joined a month ago. Speaking through an interpreter, said: "They told me to give you money when the strike is over:. 1000 dinars (£ 500) a month and a citizen of Libya "has never seen.
One night last week, the group was sent to the village of Qawalish, about 60 km south of Tripoli, to meet the rebels more and more confident in the western mountains. They said they joined about 200 government soldiers and armed with Kalashnikovs. But he said, because of their race, were treated differently and denied the other team.
when rebels launched a surprise attack on the village the next morning, the men were lost in the shuffle. "We knew that Gaddafi's army and revolutionary," said one.
They said they handed over their Kalashnikov assault rifles, without a fight. They had been well treated by their captors, they added, although it was impossible to verify independently.
Abdou Mohammad Al-Rahman, 22, said: ".. I like the revolution, but do not hate Muammar Gaddafi, I do not feel it"
The prisoners sleep on mattresses on the floor full of people in what was once classrooms, the doors have been reinforced with concrete and steel, guarded by four armed guards. The bright colors of the signs of children are still visible in the adjacent walls.
The prison is run by Milad Bachir, 45, who taught art and the driver before the uprising. It runs from the office of a director is always decorated with framed certificates and photos, a clock, a world map and a cupboard with books and packets of A4 paper. On his desk a box of files, punch in tubs, a pencil sharpener, pen, stapler and pens cup contains.
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