Sunday, June 26, 2011

From our own correspondents

Portia Walker and Chris Stephen in Misrata, Libya.

Portia reports: Saved a cat's life today. Or rather made [interpreter] Osama go and do it. We were at the frontline and the rebels had put a tent under a canopy of webbing. A little striped cat had climbed to the top of the tent and then got tangled in the webbing. I complained to the rebels and they started prodding it with rifle butts. I protested so much that Osama shimmied up the tent pole and cut it free. The rebels cheered and one turned to me and said "that man, he is like the nato, and the cat, he is the rebel." Then Osama fell off the tent pole.