Tripoli's children caught in the crossfire as war reaches the capital - The Libyan Report

Tripoli's children caught in the crossfire as war reaches the capital

Tripoli: For 13-year-old Taha Aboud, who dreams of becoming an engineer, war in Libya's capital Tripoli has meant his family fleeing their home and him missing studies as they searched for a new school.

Libyan government forces reload during clashes with forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter south of Tripoli on May 21. The UN has warned that the oil-rich nation is on the verge of descending into a civil war. Credit:A{

"I'm happy to be back at school. I hope to become a technology engineer one day ... I love it," said Taha, as his father Fouad, a civil servant, signed papers this week to enrol his son in the Ben Ashour primary school, which has 1250 students.

Up to 3000 children face a similar plight, according to the country's education ministry, as fighting forces dozens of schools to close, sometimes in order to house the displaced.

In the chaos, authorities have struggled to keep count of how many students are missing school, said Rashad Bishr, head of a crisis committee at the education ministry.