“Meet Ali, Misrata freedom fighter hit by Gaddafi Grad. Both legs amputated.
Ali said the Grad exploded at his feet and the blast threw him 10 meters away. One of his comrades was literally cut in half.
Ali was hit by that Grad on May 13. Then, due to the seige, he waited 27 days to get out of Misrata.
In Ali’s group of 30 Freedom Fighters, 3 died & 7 injured from that Grad. He said their weapons range was only 5km max vs 40 for Gaddafi forces.
Ali came from Misrata on a small fishing boat. It was fast but bounced a lot. During his 1st 5 days in Tunisia, Ali was treated for further damage suffered in the voyage from Misrata, not for direct injuries from the Grad.
Misrata was out of anesthetics when a chunk of flesh was removed near his waist. Ali showed me how he bit a towel & clenched. On the parts of Ali’s body that remain, it looks like he was hit by a meteor shower. 100 pieces of shrapnel from the Grad.
Ali said he’d been quiet & introspective before I came by. But as you can see, he became energized as we visited. July 14.
Ali said he’d gladly give the rest of his body for Libya and his beloved city, Misrata. He radiates a noble passion.
Visiting with Ali was a joy, but I couldn’t help weeping. He took my head in his hands, kissed it, and told me not to cry.”
Via James Wheeler (@wheelertweets)
James and Ali in Tunis.
July 14th, 2011.