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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.’
Portraits of squatters living in the Bab Al-Azizia compound in Tripoli.
‘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.’
This half-finished building has become a home to Syrian families escaping the bloodshed. It has no windows or doors and provides shelter to around eight families.