England welcomes Libyan rebels; children of Libya get a helping hand

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On Thursday, the British premier, David Cameron, invited the rebels of Libya to set up an office in London. Giving credibility to the revolt, this highly political and symbolic move on the part of the UK, openly establishes the plight of the rebels on an international scale.

Cameron reached out to the leader of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil: “The government is today inviting the council to establish a formal office here in London.”

Cameron didn’t stop there. He pledged to supply several million pounds worth of policing equipment and to assist the rebels in the creation of an independent radio station.

Right now, policing efforts are being largely administered by small children. Among those affected are the children of the Libyan Rebel Army. Estimates are in the hundreds of thousands of children who have been affected by the war which broke out last March. School children of the rebel forces are doing their own part to help their family’s army, in hopes of overthrowing what they consider to be a tyrannical government.

According to Dawn.com, the children of the rebels are directing traffic in dark blue police uniforms in the Libyan city of Benghazi. And they’re doing it with pride and passion. One preteen told the AFP, “This is more fun than school.”

Other voluntary duties of the children, who have a lot of time on their hands given that schools have been shut down until further notice, is organizing rallies, picking up garbage and assisting refugees.

Cameron went onto say this about their offer of help:

“These steps signal our very clear intent to work with you [Jalil’s] and your colleagues to ensure that Libya has a safe and stable future, free from the tyranny of the Kadhafi regime.”

“Just as Kadhafi can have no part in the political transition that lies ahead, it is clear that the National Transitional Council will play a leading role,” Cameron said.

The grateful Jalil thankfully stated, “This stand was not based on any benefit that the British government may derive from this support, it is a humanitarian position. I assure you that you will never regret taking this stand.”


Kemp, Danny. (2011, May 12). Uk invites libyan rebels to open london office. Google, Retrieved from http://www.google.com/hostednews/