In a hospital in central Tripoli, some of the most vulnerable victims in the battle for the capital have been the numerous babies born during the fighting.
With the onus on treating the wounded hospital staff are stretched, so perhaps it wasn’t the best time to enter the world. However, in the midst of the troubles the infants are regarded as special.
“Yes, they are revolution babies,” said a doctor who preferred not to give her name. “They are in difficult circumstances because there is a shortage of medical staff and supplies here. But they are better in other ways: at least I hope they will have better education and they will grow up in a better environment.”
Women making it to hospital give birth and leave quickly; there is still a sense of fear in the post-Gaddafi instability. However, reflecting the new Libya, parents are naming their children “Revolution and “Freedom”.