Since the peaceful demonstrations in Libya turned into an armed conflict, I have been following intensively the country`s political development. The fact that a country`s leader could spread so much fear and insecurity to his people and finally turn the military forces against his own people, piqued my interest to document the situation in Libya. Generally I agree that war images have entered our daily lives, and itÂ´s increasingly easy to ignore them, but I am certain that war images will reach some people and rise awareness about the conflict. I proposed the story to the greek magazine â KAPPAâ and I was assigned to cover the conflict. End of march I have reached the Egypt-Libyan border in Salloum, where thousands of people try to leave Libya. During the 7-hours travel to Benghazi I saw no signs of war, except some checkpoints, which grew up as we approached our destiny. My thoughts and concerns were focused on what I would find in Benghazi and on my efforts were on getting the best contacts. The risk of being a freelancer is enormous and no mistakes are acceptable if you want to have a good result. After settling in Benghazi, on the first morning there was the rumor that the city of Ajdabiya has been reclaimed by rebels. I engaged a driver to reach these spot as soon as possible. The army of Colonel Gaddafi has been hit by French air force on the outskirts of the city Ajdabiya. Smoke was rising on the horizon and the smelt of burning oil hung in the air. The scene I saw left me in a momentary shock. Rebels were shooting in the air to celebrate the victory over their enemies, dozens of dead mercenary and soldiers were laying widespread over the battlefield. Following the convoy of the rebels, which was moving towards Brega, I had to decide to stop the project, because Gaddafis forces launched missiles and tank shells hit a quick look around me. Besides the fear to die or to be injured by the tank shells I will never forget my surprise about the rebels of Libya, which fight with a lack of structure and military organization, but with enthusiasm and faith on liberating their country against Gaddafi`s professional armed forces.
© / Battlefield of Ajdabiya. Transported of dead soldiers.
© / Rebel fighters rush to the front of Brega.
© / Dead mercenary of the government Gaddafi lays on the battleground near the town of Ajdabiya.
© / Rebels fighters move towards the front line of Brega.
© / A mortar shell hit a kitchen.
© / Underground prison in the destroyed Katiba Al-Fadeel complex, Gaddafis main military camp in Benghazi.
© / Two rebels fighters walk on rocky hills in the desert near the town of Brega.
© / A rebel fighter celebrates while waving his rifle after the victory of the rebel troops in the battle of Ajdabiya.
© / Anti-gaddafi supporters walk on the battleground after the victory of the rebel troops in the battle of Ajdabiya.
© / A rebel fighter shots in the air with his handgun celebrating the victory of the battle of Ajdabiya.
© / Rebels move towards the front line of Brega
© / Volunteers gather the dead bodies of Col. Muammar Gaddafi mercenaries.
© / A Libyan family rushes to leave the town of Brega during a battle between the rebels and the Gaddafi's troops
© / Refugees which fled from Libya, on the Egypt-Libyan borders in Salloum..
© / The dead bodies of pro-Gaddafi troops lay on the battleground after the end of the battle of Ajdabiya
© / An RPG missile launcher on the battleground in the outskirts of Ajdabiya.
© / A destroyed tank is seen in the battleground near the town of Ajdabiya
© / A dead pro-Gaddafi soldier on the battlefield of the city of Ajdabiya.
© / Refugees without papers listen to an announcement outside an immigration building at the Egyptian borders.
© / Rebel volunteers collect the dead bodies after the end of the battle of Ajdabiya.
© / Rebels fighters move towards the front line of Brega
© / A destroyed anti-aircraft machine gun is seen in the battleground in Ajdabiya.
© / The interior of a destroyed building of the Katiba Al-Fadeel complex, Col. Muammar Gaddafi's main military camp in Benghazi.
© / Destroyed building of the Katiba Al-Fadeel complex, Col. Muammar Gaddafi's main military camp in Benghazi
© / Destroyed Katiba Al-Fadeel complex, Col. Muammar Gaddafi's main military camp in Benghazi.