My name is Khaled K. El-Hamedi, I am a Libyan citizen

Note: The Houston Free Thinkers  interviewed Mr. El-Hamedi on Free Thinker Radio Tuesday January 31st 2012 on Local Live Houston. Free Thinker, Derrick Broze  interviewed him on Wednesday January 25th 2012 on his show Voice of the Resistance on Freedomizer Radio. Check it out here at sixty minutes in. Please tune in to both shows to hear this important story.

(HFT) My name is Khaled K. El-Hamedi, I am a Libyan citizen, running an international charity called the international Organization for Peace, Care and Relief (IOPCR). We have done work helping children affected by conflict including helping orphans in Bosnia and Gaza, Palestine, where I also helped with reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

In early February 2011 my country like many other Arab countries witnessed an uprising that started in Benghazi, protestors were fired at by security forces which has led to an escalation of the situation in the whole country. The escalation then resulted in a foreign military intervention and in March 2011 military operations began led by  NATO. As a loyal Libyan citizen  I decided to stay in my country despite the devastation from the NATO bombardment and strikes, to help civilians especially Libyan children who were unable to fully comprehend the circumstances and my role was to help them cope with what was going on.

As a son of a well known retired Libyan leader, I had experienced personal media attacks. Tendentious media claimed that we ran and controled a militia that was pro regime attacking Libyan civilians. Like so many other stories this have been a complete fabrication, on the contrary I was fully dedicated to helping those in need, and all of that was of course never mentioned, only hateful lies were emphasized on.

On the 20th of June 2011, the sun in my life has risen for the last time. NATO has claimed my family farm house was a military site, and struck the house in the middle of the night with eight consecutive bombs. My little family was gone…. My little Khweldi only one day after his 3rd birthday, my Khalida only at 4 & half years old, my wife Safa with my baby growing in her womb, my 6 years old niece Salam, plus nine other close family members and numerous workers in our compound, accounting for a total of 13 innocent civilian fatalities.  In addition, the attack caused severe injuries to 6 other individuals, including my parents (El Khweldi El Hmaedi& Aicha El Hamedi) and sister (Masara).   A type of tragedy intolerable to us human beings. A tragedy that left me wondering what have those angels done to deserve getting murdered that day, wondering what NATO has seen in those angels that was threatening sustainability of the country or other Libyan civilians.

My children were always wondering about the noises from the NATO bombing raids on our country, it was frightening, and to try to contain that fear in their eyes I have lied over and over and told them that they are fireworks and promised them that we would soon go and visit Euro-Disney, something they had always wanted to do, a promise that I have kept close to my heart and an innocent wish that NATO did not give me the time to fulfill.

I am Khaled, just an ordinary Libyan , a wounded father, a heartbroken husband and a loyal citizen, support me if you believe that my innocent children and my family did not deserve to get killed that day,

Support me if you believe in justice and innocence,

Support me if you believe that this NATO aggression must cease.

I am seeking justice through international courts against NATO for these crimes. NATO bombing of this kind has not just targeted my family, but hundreds of other families in Libya, in what is Clearly an illegal war waged by NATO that is not protecting civilians, but murdering them in hundreds.

SUPPORT MY KIDS…. MY FAMILY

Khaled K. El-Hamedi

 

Khaled K. El-Hamedi was born on 31 December 1973 in Tripoli, Libya. He grew up in the city and received his Bachelor of Engineering Science with a major in Computing in 1996 from the Faculty of Engineering at Tripoli's Al Fatah University. In 2001 he obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Telecommunications from the International University in Geneva, Switzerland, having passed with high distinction.

As President of IOPCR, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN), El-Hamedi stimulated the activities of the organization in many humanitarian fields around the globe. In March 2002, he went to Kuwait to help handle the issue of Kuwaiti prisoners of war and those reported missing in action during the Iraq War, as well as heading the 'No to war, Yes to peace' Campaign to deliver aid to the children of Iraq. He also raised a tent at the Rafah Border Crossing on the Egyptian – Palestine border under the slogan 'Stop The Bleeding' as a protest over Israel's January 2009 invasion of the Gaza Strip.

IOPCR has engaged in various forms of aid work in Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, Bosnia in addition to several local contributions to different care centers throughout Libya such as orphanages and homes for the elderly.

During recent years El-Hamedi has achieved agreements with a number of International Organizations working in the field of humanitarian relief such as The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR), The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), – Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), The International Islamic Relief Organization (IR), and The International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In cooperation with the UNHCR he has made illegal migration among the top priorities of the organization  along with handling refugees cases in partnership with (UNRWA).

www.iopcr.org

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