After the Spring: Libya Beyond the Headlines

Collection with 20 media items created by Transterra Editor

06 Dec 2013 04:00

As news of violent militias, unchecked powers, rebel uprisings and high profile kidnappings fill the pages, turmoil and discontent fill many minds. Though, it is easy to get caught up in the loudest elements of regime change. We often forget that Libya, is home to many people, many of whom are trying to rebuild and grow after years of hardship.

As this fledgling democracy finds its feet, Libyans enjoy the freedom of daily life. Despite all the hardship Libyans struggle with due to the conflict, there is room for new opportunities because of the war. Booming after the controlling government of the Gadhafi era, many of the spheres he regulated are now wide open. News outlets in Libya expanded from a handful of censored papers to hundreds of newspapers, radio shows, and cable channels. Many presume that the countries new constitution will hold greater rights for women and minorities. Intrepid women have taken to running for elected office and opening small businesses. Libyans feel liberated and can indulge in pastimes banned under the strict Gaddafi regime such as boxing and several media outlets have launched on account of the new freedom of press. Much has changed for the better, shelled stores have been rebuilt and are back in business and the fragile government grows more cohesive every day.

After a year of civil war, life has begun to move beyond the revolution. Babies are birthed every day into the new fledgling country, marriages officiated and soldiers repatriated. While the violence in Libya has diminished allowing room for regrowth, sporadic flares of conflict take the main stage while a critical part of the story of the revolution is ignored. Libya, now more than ever, isn’t simply violent rebels in a dusty desert depicted in western media.

Students have returned to class working through the summer to make up time lost and progress with their degrees. Student government, which was also banned under the previous government is now a popular club as Libyans; who haven’t voted in 42 years exercise their rights regularly. Often voting on even the smallest things.

Though some things will never change in this desert country. The beach is still a popular destination, with families filing the sand every evening. Amusement parks are now open, after crews were quickly dispatched to fix the damage and cover the bullet holes.

The Libyan people are experiencing a whole range of emotions that go beyond violence and suffering. Libya’s rehabilitation efforts as a country move slowly though they are much more powerful and important than the dissonance among few and with that, healing can begin.

Rebirth has come to the country, and with that the brave can find forgiveness among neighbors and a country can find peace.

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Libya's Rebirth 1
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
08 Jul 2012

The entrance to Bab Azizya, the palace where former president Muammar Gaddafi lived. It has since been ransacked and destroyed.

42 years after the reign of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and a violent civil war, Libya is waking up to a new and free country. With civil services and the countries infrastructure in ruins Libyans struggle with the transition period from dictatorship to democracy. On July 7, 2012, Libyans voted in their first parliamentary elections since the end of Gaddafi's rule. This body will replace the current governing body of the National Transitional Council, name a prime minister, and form a committee to draft a constitution.

L'entrée de l'ancienne résidence de Mouammar Kadhafi, appelée Bab al-Azizia, saccagée par les combattants rebelles pendant les combats contre les forces de Kadhafi.

Après 42 ans d'un régime dictatorial et une violente guerre civile qui a laissé les infrastructures du pays en ruines, la Libye apprivoise peu a peu sa nouvelle liberté et les défis de la transition vers la démocratie. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés aux urnes pour la première fois depuis la fin de l'ère Kadhafi afin d'élire les 200 membres du futur Congrès national général, qui sera chargé de rédiger une Constitution pour le pays.

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Libya's Rebirth 2
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

After voting, a woman exits the poll at Al Sakina School. In Tripoli, Libyans went to the polls for the first time in four decades on July 7th, 2012. After 42 years of Muammar Gadhafi's reign, Libyans participated in the first democratic election since 1969. Calls for boycott and election violence threatened the momentous day as campaigning drew to a close the day before the July 7th election.

Une femme dépose son bulletin de vote dans l'urne à l'école Al Sakina de Tripoli, malgré les tensions et les appels au boycott depuis le début de la campagne. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés à voter pour la première fois en 42 ans.

Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés à participer aux premières élections démocratiques du pays depuis 1969.

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Libya's Rebirth 3
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
08 Jul 2012

Mabroka Rajah with her newly born baby in Tripoli Medical Center. Children born after the civil war will never know what Libya was like under Gaddafi.

42 years after the reign of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and a violent civil war, Libya is waking up to a new and free country. With civil services and the country's infrastructure in ruins, Libyans struggle with the transition period from dictatorship to democracy. On July 7, 2012, Libyans voted in their first parliamentary elections since the end of Gaddafi's rule.

Mabroka Rajah et son nouveau né dans au Centre Médical de Tripoli. Comme celui de Mabroka, les enfants nés après la guerre civile ne connaitrons jamais ce qu'était la vie sous le régime de Kadhafi.

Après 42 ans d'un régime dictatorial et une violente guerre civile qui a laissé les infrastructures du pays en ruines, la Libye apprivoise peu a peu sa nouvelle liberté et les défis de la transition vers la démocratie. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés aux urnes pour la première fois depuis la fin de l'ère Kadhafi afin d'élire les 200 membres du futur Congrès national général, qui sera chargé de rédiger une Constitution pour le pays.

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Libya's Rebirth 4
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

A group of men play table football during the country's first election since the end of the Gaddafi rule, July 7, 2012.

Un groupe de jeunes hommes passent le temps en jouant "baby foot" la nuit précédant les premières élections démocratiques depuis l'arrivée au pouvoir de Mouammar Kadhafi en 1969.

Le 7 juillet dernier, malgré les appels aux boycotts et les tensions dans le pays, les Libyens ont participé aux premières élections démocratiques du pays depuis 1969.

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Libya's Rebirth 5
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

Radio host Ayo interviews Issraa Murabit after she voted on July 7, 2012 in one of Tripoli's English language stations, Tripoli FM.

A la station de radio Tripoli FM, l'animatrice de radio Ayo (droite) interview Issraa Murabit, de l'association Voice of Libyan Women, après que celle-ci ait voté.

Le 7 juillet 2012 dernier, les Libyens participaient à leurs premières élections démocratiques depuis 1969, année d'arrivée au pouvoir de Mouammar Kadhafi.

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Libya's Rebirth 6
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
12 Jul 2012

Al Araby, an Egyptian man, cuts and sells shark pieces to a customer at a roadside fish market in Tripoli, Libya. Many Egyptians come to Libya to find work in the strong oil economy.

Un marchand tranche des pièces de requin pour un client dans un marché de Tripoli.

Après 42 ans d'un régime dictatorial et une violente guerre civile qui a laissé les infrastructures du pays en ruines, la Libye apprivoise peu a peu sa nouvelle liberté et les défis de la transition vers la démocratie. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés aux urnes pour la première fois depuis la fin de l'ère Kadhafi afin d'élire les 200 membres du futur Congrès national général, qui sera chargé de rédiger une Constitution pour le pays.

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Libya's Rebirth 7
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
06 Jul 2012

Students at Tripoli University, in front of a mural painted by artists Bilal and Nazih on July 12, 2012.

Une fresque murale peinte par les étudiants et artistes Bilal et Nazih à l'Université de Tripoli. 12 juillet 2012.

Après 42 ans d'un régime dictatorial et une violente guerre civile qui a laissé les infrastructures du pays en ruines, la Libye apprivoise peu a peu sa nouvelle liberté et les défis de la transition vers la démocratie. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés aux urnes pour la première fois depuis la fin de l'ère Kadhafi afin d'élire les 200 membres du futur Congrès national général, qui sera chargé de rédiger une Constitution pour le pays.

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Libya's Rebirth 8
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

Men participate in a political discussion at a cafe the night before July elections. Under the dictatorship, this would have been illegal.

Un groupe d'hommes discute politique le soir précédant les élections. Sous le régime de Kadhafi, une telle discussion aurait été illégale.

Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés à participer aux premières élections démocratiques du pays depuis 1969.

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Libya's Rebirth 9
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

Libyans celebrate after voting in Martyr's Square. This was formerly called Green Square, where Gaddafi would make yearly speaches.

After 42 years of Moammar Gadhafi's reign, Libyans are participating in the first democratic election since 1969. Calls for boycott and election violence threatens the momentous day as campaigning drew to a close the day before the July 7th election.

Des Libyens célèbrent sur la Place des Martyrs après avoir voté. La Place des Martyrs est un des symboles du règne de Mouammar Kadhafi. C’est sur cette place qu'avaient lieu, le 1er septembre de chaque année, le défilé militaire commémorant la Révolution du Fateh, qui porta l'ancien "Guide de la révolution" au pouvoir en 1969. Celui-ci avait également l'habitude d'y tenir ses discours politiques.

Le 7 juillet dernier, malgré les appels aux boycotts et les tensions dans le pays, les Libyens ont participé aux premières élections démocratiques du pays depuis 1969.

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Libya's Rebirth 10
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
08 Jul 2012

Boys escape the summer heat by going to the ocean in downtown Tripoli on July 1, 2012.

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Libya's Rebirth 11
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
09 Jul 2012

Boys watch a ride at Tripoli Land in Tripoli, Libya.

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Libya's Rebirth 12
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
09 Jul 2012

Boys escape the summer heat by diving into the ocean in downtown Tripoli on July 1, 2012.

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Libya's Rebirth 13
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
08 Jul 2012

Women visit a popular shopping mall in the middle class district of Suq Al-Jum'a.

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Libya's Rebirth 14
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
08 Jul 2012

A newly born baby in incubation in Tripoli Medical Center. Children born after the Civil War will never know what Libya was like under former president Muammar Gaddafi.

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Libya's Rebirth 15
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
11 Jul 2012

Students at Tripoli University on July 12, 2012.

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Libya's Rebirth 17
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
13 Jul 2012

A young girl rides on electric swings in Martyr Square in Tripoli, Libya.

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Libya's Rebirth 18
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

Women sort through a cart of shoes in the Old City in Downtown Tripoli on July 9th, 2012

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Libya's Rebirth 19
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
07 Jul 2012

Libyans celebrate after voting in Martyr's Square. It was formerly called Green Square, where former President Muammar Gadaffi would make yearly speaches.

After 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi's reign, Libyans participated in the first democratic election since 1969. Calls for boycott and election violence threatened the momentous day as campaigning drew to a close the day before the July 7 election.

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Libya's Rebirth 20
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
11 Jul 2012

Men play a shooting game at Tripo Land, an amusement park in Tripoli, Libya.

After 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi's reign, Libyans participated in the first democratic election since 1969. Calls for boycott and election violence threatened the momentous day as campaigning drew to a close the day before the July 7 election.