Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan Revolution

Collection with 13 media items created by Melanie Wenger

25 Sep 2012 22:00

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Tripoli, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
26 Sep 2012

These ladies, gathered in a room enlightened by one and only window, tell the story of the exodus, as they look at some pictures of their city. A lot of them refuse to be seen, for fear of retaliation by the Misratis.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
05 Oct 2012

Chaimza is 16 years old, she fled Taouerga, with her family. Lost her brother in the exodus in April 2011. Her father, brother, sisters, grand-mother and grand-father live in a room divided by sheets for intimacy.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzour, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
28 Sep 2012

Taouerga city is situated 30km from Misrata, it was the city of the black-skin Libyans, off-springs of the last slaves. The fight between the two cities goes way back, before the revolution. But since then, Taouergas are held responsible for helping the Gaddafi’s militias during the revolution against Misrata. Since the 8th of August 2011, the Misrata militias control the ghost city, burned to the ground and empty. Nobody is allowed in, even journalists. At the entrance, a board announces the «New Misrata». We made this picture by entering covertly, finally chased by militias, who arrested some of our colleagues a few months ago.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
26 Sep 2012

Some men leave the camp to go to work and provide for their family. A few trucks come into the camp in the morning, using cheap workforce for construction sites. But some of them get abducted outside. According to the chief of Misrata militias, they got arrested and are supposed to be in prison. No trace was found of the majority of them.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Tripoli
By Melanie Wenger
05 Oct 2012

Eïma is dreaming to go back to her city. In february, some of the Taouerga people went out of the camp to demonstrate and ask for their city back, but the militias opened fire on the demonstrators. Taouerga people are still considered as pro-Gaddafi and therefore discriminated.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
26 Sep 2012

A new school has been founded by the remaining teachers of Taouerga. Public workers still receiving their paycheck, use it to gather old books, pens, papers, and smuggling food into the camp to create little shops, and new types of trade, like the fridge store which stores perishable goods, and the charger store for cellphones.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
05 Oct 2012

In one of the storage racks, some women settled a little kitchen shared by the 30 families of one of the buildings. Two pots and one pan are available along with two electrical hobs. Some spices and cans were brought in a few months back by the remaining NGOs. Water from the lavatories and natural light do the trick for cooking.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
05 Oct 2012

A few nights ago, the Misrata militias attacked the camp again, taking men and humiliating them in front of the children, and breaking windows and walls. A couple were killed, trying to flee. A young girl was found raped, her breast burned.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
05 Oct 2012

New Taouerga families await, fleeing the camp outside Misrata constantly under attack. The remaining men use plywood to divide the basement of one of the buildings to make room for them.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Janzur, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
26 Sep 2012

One of the Taouerga camps is situated in Janzur. 400 families are living in approximately 1km2, in the military academy where one of Gaddafi’s sons used to study . The electricity power has recently been back thanks to generators shared by some «residents». Some windows are still missing, replaced by blankets or sheets.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Taouerga, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
28 Sep 2012

The city of Taouerga is now a ghost city hanted by Misrati militias. All burned and robbed, only some walls are still standing, showing the testimony of hatred. Called now the New Misrata, the city is not easy to access, totally controlled, and no journalist is allowed.

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Taouergas: Damned Souls of the Libyan...
Taouerga, Libya
By Melanie Wenger
28 Sep 2012

The city of Taouerga is now a ghost city hanted by Misrati militias. All burned and robbed, only some walls are still standing, showing the testimony of hatred. Called now the New Misrata, the city is not easy to access, totally controlled, and no journalist is allowed.