Watch: How deaf rebels helped overthrow Colonel Gadaffi

Posted on October 9, 2013



Back In 2011, many sections of Libyan society took up the armed struggle to overthrow Colonel Gadaffi and guess what? The deaf community in Libya was no different.

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Remember seeing those pick-up trucks with huge guns welded to the back advancing and retreating across the desert? Well, they could have been made, driven and manned by the Misrata Deaf Brigade.

The Misrata Deaf Brigade is one of seven brigades of rebel fighters from the city of Mistrata and is made up of 100 deaf rebels from all over Libya.

The Third Brigade is a documentary that tells their story and is available to watch on BSLBT now.

It is presented by Daniel Abbou who is host of the French weekly programme for the deaf called L’Oeil et la main (Eyes and Hands). He visited the town of Misrata to meet the deaf soldiers who took an active part in the historic changes that redefined their country. Its in French sign language with English subtitles.

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