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International lawyer Franklin Lamb speaks about missing children

WASHINGTON – There are persistent reports that children from government-run homes for orphans and abused children are missing and feared kidnapped, possibly tortured and sold, by rebels who recently took the town of Misrata in the western part of Libya near its capital of Tripoli, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Informed sources tell G2Bulletin that some 53 female and 52 male children ages 1 year to 12 years are missing, and the whereabouts of another group from 12 years to 18 years is unknown.

Sources in Tripoli say that these children are some of more than 1,000 who have disappeared over the past six months since rebels entered Misrata and “went on a killing spree.”

The sources add that the children were “kidnapped” since they are no longer in their government-run orphanages and other homes for children without parents.

Several eyewitnesses report that many of the children allegedly were put on foreign ships destined for Turkey, Italy or France while one source said some of the children were sold in neighboring Tunisia.

“We want the truth and we hold those countries responsible for the well-being of these children who are neither soldiers nor combatants,” said Libyan Social Affairs Minister Ibrahim Sharif.

Sharif added that a rebel doctor who had been captured by government troops admitted that some of the orphans had been taken to France and Italy, both members of the NATO alliance bombing Libya under a United Nations Security Council resolution.

International lawyer Franklin Lamb, who is in Tripoli, told G2Bulletin that the General Union for Civil Society Organizations has posted the photographs, names and ages of the missing 105 children at the Rexis Hotel where he and other journalists are staying in Tripoli.

There also are reports of rebels torturing children. G2Bulletin is in receipt of one video of doctors preparing to remove a thin rod that was pushed completely through the body of a small boy from his rectum through his upper shoulder.

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