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Reuters | Nick Carey | July 18, 2011

MISRATA, Libya – When 12-year-old Mohammed Bielshak left the house with his brother Ali on March 20, it was to give water from their well to thirsty rebels nearby who were fighting forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“All we wanted to do was help the revolutionaries,” Mohammed said.

While they were out in the street, they were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Ali, 14, sustained shrapnel wounds in the leg and stomach and now walks with crutches. Mohammed lost his right arm just below the elbow and his left thumb and was blinded in his left eye. His right leg was fractured and has had reconstructive surgery on his left leg. (more…)

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Der Speigel | Der Spiegel Staff |  June 22, 2011

In the Syrian city of Ariha, the cherry trees are covered with deep red fruit. It is harvest time and the cherries are sweet, but no one comes to pick them. Two weeks ago, after the regime’s elite troops had transformed peaceful demonstrations in the nearby provincial capital Idlib into bloodbaths, two young men tried to save the cherry harvest. They loaded their small truck full of cherries and took off for the port  city of Latakia in western Syria. They didn’t make it very far. A military patrol stopped the two men in front of a sugar refinery and shot them dead.

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VOA News | Michael Onyiego | May 24, 2011

As international troops close in on Mogadishu’s Bakara market, a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, an analyst from the International Crisis Group is warning that seizing the critical position could prove to be complicated and costly.

Much of the military campaign in Somalia’s war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has been a battle for Bakara market.  Sitting on top of a hill in the city’s main business district, Bakara is a nerve center for much of southern Somalia, and has served as a stronghold for the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-Shabab for the past half decade. (more…)

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Reuters

By Michael Georgy

April 20, 2011

Ten-year-old Mohammad Hassan lies in a hospital bed with a bullet wound to the head in the besieged city of Misrata, hallucinating one minute and calling out for his father the next.

He is a victim of what doctors say must have been a sniper loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. (more…)

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Associated Press, By Nahal Toosi and Ishtiaq Mahsud

April 18, 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — When a mortar shell killed three people at his neighbor’s house, Munir Khan knew it was time for him and his family to pack up and leave his village near the Afghan border.

In doing so, they joined around 1 million other people still displaced as a result of fighting between Islamist militants and Pakistan’s army. (more…)

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