Hatem Hussein Al-Hamidi was only 23 years old when he was killed in Sirte.
You rarely meet a family in Benghazi which has not lost one of its members in the war. Mothers and women are bereaved, widows mourn the death of a son, a husband or a family member.
Oum Ahmad and Abu Ahmad are still grief stricken by the death of their son on the front line of Rass Lanuf.
Oum Ahmed said,“Whenever we asked him if he was thinking about getting married, he used to reply that he will commit to someone unless Muammar Qaddafi is overthrown. He didn’t want his children to suffer a life like he did.”
His death however has not ended his struggle. His family has established a foundation in his name and says they will carry the torch of freedom.
For the family of Murad Al Arabi, all that is left are certificates of merit. Murad had only one year left to finish his studies in law school but he was tragically killed. His parents don’t want his death to be in vain.
Murad Al Arabi's father said, “Why were my son and others martyred? They died for the freedom of this country not to establish a dictatorship.”
Another house has another story to tell. Hassan Abdul Fatah was killed on Brega frontline more than two months ago and his mother’s tears have yet to dry.
Since his death, his family continues to struggle. Some of his brothers are still fighting on the frontline and one is injured. However, they all refuse to return home until they fulfill their brother’s dream of freedom -- even if freedom comes at a bloody price.
Oum Ahmed, Murad Al Arabi's fatehr.
Nadia Idriss Mayen