PROFILE: MITIGA MISSING PERSONS GROUP BROLL
Independent Films, Documentaries, Politics
Mohammad runs a missing persons group in the Libyan
captital of Tripoli. NATO TV gets an insight into his daily
life as he tries to reunite those seperated by war.
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NATO constitutes a system of collective defense in response to an attack by any external party.
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Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
---SOUNDBITE--- (ARABIC W/ ENG VO)
“My name is Mohammad Miloud Benhammed, I am the vice president of Mitiga missing persons group here at Mitiga Hospital.
“The topic of missing persons is a hard and complicated one, it needs effort, you have to work at it day and night.”
“Why here at the hospital? Well, due to certain events in Tripoli, we found so many people passing through here who were looking for their missing.
---UPSOT--- (ENG SUBTITLE)
‘I can be useful to you by giving you the Martyrs names and pictures’
“The groups members are all voluntary, some are computer engineers, civil servants for social issues, the group consists of many different people from society.”
---UPSOT--- (ENG SUBTITLE)
‘What’s the solution? Do you want me to connect you to a doctor to handle this matter? He is trustworthy, he is from my group.’
“The tragedy of missing persons is quite a big problem for Libyan families these days, most families lose hope, but we tell them to keep their faith in god because such situations need a steadfast nerve.”
“The abundance of missing person offices around is not a problem, some think it is but it isn’t; its a positive, people everywhere can head to an office local to them.”
---UPSOT--- (ENG SUBTITLES)
‘The first point which I would like to discuss between us, is to exchange the names of missing people between Misrata and Tripoli.’
“Key for the group is to visit other places outside Tripoli. Today was the first trip for research outside of Tripoli to Misurata city. Misurata is known to have lost a massive number of its people.”
“The key point is to join with missing people offices in Misurata city.”
“This work requires persistency, we will certainly continue, we wont stop, however this work requires funding, funding which is obtained from certain people.”
“It comes from local people, from friends, personal donations, from the volunteers at the group. We have bazaars in partnership with other organizations. We thank god there is sufficient revenue from these activities to cover the groups overheads.”
“I would like to send this message to families of missing relatives, do not lose hope. Keep looking, go to all the missing person offices, including ours. We have helped 52 families to find their Martyred friends and family members.”
“We put appeals on radio and TV for families to go and look for their missing, particularly at Mitiga hospital. These offices exist and many other offices all over Libya. I would like to tell them to head to these offices and use them to help simplify the search for you.”
“I feel so proud of this humanitarian work which is offered to all Libyans, to help return their missing loved ones back to their family.”
Year of Production: 2011
Country: United States