Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Libya's small battles

Since 2011, Africa's most developed country Libya has continued to experience some form of violence through small skirmishes and battles in Southern Libya. The remaining Jamihariyah and Gaddafi supporters in Southern Libya have been fighting against the armed milita groups left over from the 2011 overthrow of the late Libyan leader Maumar Gadhaffi. Many of the Libyan militas from towns and villages across Libya regard themselves as rightful heirs of 2011 Revolution/NATO bombings. Most militiamen have refused to disarm themselves or integrate into the Libyan military enjoying their flexible power to rule over their self declared territories in the capital Tripoli or any other cities and towns in the country's west and south. Libya's third largest city Misrata has its own militia who still deny their fellow Libyans once living in the ethnically cleansed town Tarwegha from returning home because they are darker than Misratians or other Libyans. The Misrata militia accuses the 40,000 Tarweghans now living in refugee camps in an old naval base in Tripoli and displacement camps in Benghazi of being Gaddhafi supporters who bombarded and destroyed the city of Misrata. Nevermind the fact that the Tarweghans who were expelled form their homes and collectively punished included children from elementary age to high school. In the South, Libyans who belong to Tabu ethnic group have been clashing with neighboring ethnic groups dubbed tribes by mainstream media over access to oil wells, limited water supplies and weak government control over security and borders with Chad and Egypt. The now damaged great man made lake is located in Southern Libya known as the Fezzan region.


Sabha, Libya: Gaddhafi supporters are currently battling government soldiers and militias



South Korean freed after being held hostage in Southern Libya




Homemade Weapons on display in Misrata: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown compliments of CNN


Misrata Afterwards




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