OK, if it is up to Libyan people to rule the country and they are confronted with a choice between the following 2 issues, which one are they going to choose?
In the first room we spoke with Zakia, who herself is infected with HIV and so are her son & daughter, Zakia said that they are sick and tired of schools that keep throwing their children out because of their conditions, we suffer from being neglected and abandoned by our own community, she said, many of us have been thrown out of our houses, our relatives and friends have abandoned us due to their ignorance and lack of education about this disease. Most of the infected children stay together and have befriended each other in the hospital, many refuse to leave the hospital and prefer to spend their time here.
Only one school in Benghazi has accepted these tragic children and that is TABARAK school which is run by Fariha Al-Drisi.
We went back to talk to Zakia, she said that people responsible for them have neglected their duties, in fact they are stealing our children's benefits, look at this hospital she said, this place does not look like a hospital, it is damp, there is no Television, the children are lying between the beds and in the corridors, the hospital is not healthy and is not suitable. The manager of this hospital, Almahdi Emhabrash, has never visited the patients, we do not like the manager, he has no humanity in him, last night our room flooded with rain water, this hospital used to be a correction centre, it should not be a hospital, we went to Italy and stayed 1 year, we were told that when we come back that we will have a complete specialised hospital, we came back from Italy to find it the exact opposite. A parent described the psychological state of these children, when we went abroad the children became happy and relaxed, when we came back we tried to put the disease at the back of our minds but we always find someone that would remind us about it, foreign people used to play with our kids, here this is impossible, they keep reminding us as if we are forbidden from living.
We talked to Hadeer's mother who said, Hadeer got infected when she was 40 days old, 9 years later no one has done anything for her except medical tests, Hadeer suffers daily, we bring her to the hospital here but for no good, again this year she never went to school, my family have accepted her but not the neighbours so we keep her away from them, the whole world abandoned us and is watching our children suffer, when Hadeer used to go to school, the head mistress told us to take her out of the school in case she infects other children حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل, we want our country and the whole world to stand with these children.
Another mother said, they said they were going to provide special schools for our children but that never happened, no one visits us, the hospital has become our home even for the uninfected members of the family.
This man, Ramadan Al-Furjani, was there with his 19 year old sister Asma, he describes her condition as tragic, Asma is physically disabled, she can not even feed herself, her mother and brother look after her, Ramadan said that the Libyan Doctors & nurses lack the necessary experience to look after his sister, they try but they do not even have the necessary medicines, on top of her tragic condition she was also infected with the HIV virus.
This was a translation of some of the report done by aljazeera.net
For me I think looking at the above picture of Ramadan Al-Furjani sums it all up, you can see the sadness and the tragedy in his face, just looking at him I felt I could never ask for forgiveness for the people that did this, no matter who they are, May Allah punish them for hurting Ramadan for infecting the children and for making all these families suffer. Ameen.
I came across some pictures here of Libyan disabled people that really upset me, this is Libya, the land of petrol, the land of riches, the land of ........
The families of the disabled children and adults above can not get the necessary accessories and medications needed by disabled people from the Libyan social services, they even tried to get wheelchairs but were told the authorities can not afford them! the families had to buy the wheelchairs abroad, now some of the people have outgrown the wheelchairs but the families can not afford to buy them again so they just stay lying on the floor.
كيف سنقف بين يدي الله لاحول ولا قوة الا بالله