Volunteers police Misrata

Volunteers answer a call to police the Libyan city of Misrata.

By REUTERS
July 18, 2011 12:54
Misrata Volunteer Policemen

Misrata Policemen 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Only a few weeks have passed since Misrata was the scene of a bloody battle.

Now, the Libyan city is slowly taking steps to regain a sense of normality with the help of a volunteer police force.

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They call themselves the National Security force.

It first started as a small group but now numbers at 260 people.

Omer was one of those who answered the provisional rebel authority call to work without pay.

National Security Officer Omer Ahmed Nafea said, "We are now the national security taking care of the traffic and security in Misrata city. We are here to keep the city safe."

Many public services are now functioning thanks to volunteers but this can only continue for so long, with officials saying money will be needed soon.

However, normal life is still far from reality as the fight to end Muammar Gaddafi's four decade rule rages on.

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