Living in the Ruins of Ghaddafi's Compound

Collection with 14 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

06 Apr 2013 09:00

This photo essay is a portraiture of the settlers in Bab Al-Azizia compound in Tripoli. Around 400 people currently reside in the area. These settlers moved into the compound after having lost their homes in the revolution. Many also found themselves homeless after losing their jobs and being unable to pay rent. The government has not provided them with any financial aid or assistance, but has allowed them to stay in the compound.

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Portraits of squatters living in the Bab Al-Azizia compound Tripoli

Anwar Mohamed

‘I’ve been here for a year and a half. A lot of people started living here a year and a half ago. I’m a builder but after the revolution I had no job and I had to move out. Now there’s work, but it comes and goes."

‘When we moved in it was just an open space. I built the interior wall and the window and now it’s a decent place to live. The police never bother us, in fact they some times come around just to check that everything is alright.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Abdul Rahman Ali

‘I’m an ambulance driver and during the revolution I drove through battles in every single one Libya’s cities. But an ambulance driver’s pay isn’t a lot. After the revolution, when it was impossible to get money out from the banks, we couldn’t pay the rent and I decided to move my family in here.

‘The government hasn’t done much for the poor. It helped us in moving here and allowed us to stay, but it isn’t a real solution. People come here from miles around to dump their rubbish. Due to that issue, the children have to stay in the house most of the time because it’s too dangerous to play outside.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Mohamed Adbeeb Mohamed

‘When I was in the army, the army gave me house but they took it away when I left in 1988. After that, I rented a place. After the revolution I couldn’t afford rent anymore and I came here in November 2011. I live with my three sons, their wives, and children. There’s 16 of us in total. Bab Al Azizia's population is around 400 people.'

‘All of the people who live in the ruins of Bab Al-Azizia are good people. Many have seen a lot of suffering in their life but still persevere.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Portraits of squatters living in the Bab Al-Azizia compound in Tripoli.

Anwar Mohamed

‘I’ve been here for a year and a half. A lot of people started living here a year and a half ago. I’m a builder, but after the revolution I lost my job and I had to move out. Now there’s work, but it comes and goes.'

‘When we moved in, the apartment was just an open space. I built the interior wall and the window. It is now a decent place to live. The police never bother us, in fact, some times, they come around just to check that everything is alright.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
10 Apr 2013

A broken table believed to have belonged to Ghaddafi. It was found inside the underground maze of tunnels in the compound.

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
11 Apr 2013

Abdullah's Mother

'My family is not in a good situation. I'm holding onto God, but you can't expect anything from the government right now. We're not proud of living here, but at least someone is putting this land to use.'

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
10 Apr 2013

Abdul Baset Al-Shibl
Security Guard

‘We try to make Bab Al-Azizia safe, but it’s not safe. Recently we found four bodies. Three of them were women and all of them had been shot in the head.

My militia helped to make a database of everyone living here. There’s more than 300 families and each one has its number spray painted on the wall next to its home. We gave a copy of the database to the interior ministry but never heard anything back.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
10 Apr 2013

Abdullah's Mother

'My family is not in a good situation. I'm holding onto God, but you can't expect anything from the government right now. We're not proud of living here, but at least someone is putting this land to use.'

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
10 Apr 2013

A child rides his bike in Gadaffi's compound

Abdullah's Mother

'My family is not in a good situation. I'm holding onto God, but you can't expect anything from the government right now. We're not proud of living here, but at least someone is putting this land to use.'

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
03 Apr 2013

Abdul Baset Al-Shibl
Security Guard

‘We try to make Bab Al-Azizia safe, but it’s not safe. Recently we found four bodies. Three of them were women and all of them had been shot in the head.

My militia helped to make a database of everyone living here. There’s more than 300 families and each one has its number spray painted on the wall next to its home. We gave a copy of the database to the interior ministry but never heard anything back.’