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Muhannad al-Leebi (not his real name) is a nineteen-year-old asylum seeker from Libya.
He is seeking asylum in the UK because his life is at threat should he return home to Libya. Muhannad fought in the 2011 Libyan uprising against Libya's then-dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
He was sixteen years old at the time.
Following the liberation of Tripoli in August 2011, Libya's uprising became influenced by extremist rebel groups who began initiating revenge campaigns against anyone who was previously associated with the Gaddafi regime.
Muhannad was ordered by his commander to torture a woman who served as a cook for Gaddafi's troops. Muhannad refused orders, saying that he would rather have his hand cut off than to torture a woman.
He was imprisoned for disobeying orders. He told his captors that he would carry out the orders, but subsequently ran away as soon as he was released.
Muhannad fled to Tunisia, and subsequently to the UK around April 2012. His father worked actively to resolve the political issues for Muhannad so that he could return home to Libya. His father received assurances from Libya's military council that Muhannad could re-enter the country without fear.
When Muhannad returned to Libya, however, his family's house was targeted and an arrest warrant was made in his name.
Muhannad again fled to the UK in September 2012, and soon claimed asylum.
Both his case and appeal have been refused. He is currently building his fresh claim with the hope that this attempt will be successful.
In the meantime, Muhannad's family in Libya has been harassed, and his brother has been shot twice by the same group that is after him.
The threats that Muhannad faces in Libya are very real, it is imperative that he be given a safe haven in the UK.
Muhannad chooses not to use his real name out of fear for his family's safety in Libya.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please donate to Muhannad's campaign to help him successfully build his case to stay in the UK.