Aug 27, 2011
When the 10-year-old boy was shot in the back outside Moamer Kadhafi’s compound in the Libyan capital, he could never have imagined the even worse horror that awaited him when he got to hospital.
For days he lay unattended, as the hospital had been commandeered by Kadhafi snipers, most of the medical staff had fled in fear, and people around him died by the scores for lack of treatment.
On Friday, he lay on a stretcher inside an ambulance, one of 17 survivors being evacuated by the Red Cross, in too much pain to talk.
His weeping parents were beside themselves amid the stench of dozens of decomposing bodies.
“My son was wounded outside Bab al-Aziziya, but we didn’t know where he had been taken,” his father said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen him in five days. But today we have got him back.”