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Matthew Barton is a filmmaker and photographer working internationally making commercial and documentary film. Matthew has worked for charity clients including Oxfam and non-profit food waste organisations such as This Is Rubbish. Commercial work has included films for Reebok, British Airways and XL records. His films have been broadcast on TV nationwide and has assisted on Bafta nominated short films. He has a keen emphasis on engaging narrative and visually arresting work Matthew was born in London and continues to enjoy the great city today. He is fully adept using broadcast quality cameras and sound kit Kit includes Canon 7D Senheiser ME22 boom mic Wil Crisp is a freelance journalist with six years of experience working across TV, print and radio. Previous roles include working as the producer of 'First Look' on Bloomberg TV . He has recently been freelancing in Libya, writing for The Times, Vice, and Euromoney.

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
BENGHAZI, LIBYA
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Libya’s only addiction clinic struggles as heroin use increases.

In the octagonal communal garden at the centre of Benghazi’s Al Nafsia drug addiction clinic four men sit quietly talking in the shade. The atmosphere of contemplation makes the clinic seem like an oasis of calm in a city where assassination attempts and armed raids are a monthly occurrence and the soundscape is regularly punctuated by gunshots and squealing tires.

Here Libyans with addiction problems are helped to kick their habits with the help of psychologists and tailor made drug courses. The only problem: this clinic has room for just 40 inpatients, and it is the only treatment centre of its kind in a country where drug addiction is rapidly increasing.

Doctors across Libya say they are being overwhelmed by patients with drug problems and it is proving impossible to provide appropriate treatment for everyone.

‘Every month more people come to us needing help,’ says Dr Abdullah Fannar, deputy director at Tripoli’s Gargaresh psychiatric hospital. ‘It’s part of the fallout from the revolution. The government security forces are weak and hundreds of thousands of Libyans were displaced, wounded or bereaved during the uprising. Now street drugs are proving to be an attractive solution to many of those who are struggling to deal with their new reality.’

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The Last Church of Benghazi (14 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Nigerian children play in the courtyard of the church. It's a safe haven away from the congested streets of the city

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Aftermath of Car Bomb Outside French ...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

A video showing the aftermath of the car bomb explosion outside the French Embassy, Tripoli.
Security guards and people living nearby have been hospitalised. Eyewitness reports describe a very loud powerful explosion. One resident close to the scene described how they were hurled out of their bed by the blast.

Debris from remains of the car used were found on nearby streets, while forensic experts are still trying to decipher the type of bomb used and who was responsible.

Armoured military vehicles are now guarding the scene.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (10 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

A member of the congregation reads from the New Testament

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The Last Church in Benghazi (11 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Three Nuns visiting from India take their pews. They are visiting Benghazi to volunteer in the local hospital.

As Father Alan takes mass in Benghazi’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church a young Libyan sits in the doorway wearing Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a football shirt and holding an elderly looking sawn-off shotgun.

Immaculate Conception is the city’s last functioning church after gunmen attacked the Greek Orthodox Church in March assaulting the priests and setting it on fire.

Since the revolution the church has been broken into twice and it’s only five minutes away from an open-air gun market but its priests say the only thing that will make them close the church is if the government asks them to leave.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (12 of 14)
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Father Alan leaves the congregation to conclude the service.

As Father Alan takes mass in Benghazi’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church a young Libyan sits in the doorway wearing Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a football shirt and holding an elderly looking sawn-off shotgun.

Immaculate Conception is the city’s last functioning church after gunmen attacked the Greek Orthodox Church in March assaulting the priests and setting it on fire.

Since the revolution the church has been broken into twice and it’s only five minutes away from an open-air gun market but its priests say the only thing that will make them close the church is if the government asks them to leave.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (13 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Philip Chukiaiuma
'As you can see there are children running around. Everyone feels safe here. We just try to keep to our prayer and take care of our people.'

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French Embasy hit by Car Bomb in Trip...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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French Embassy hit by Car Bomb in Tri...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

Bomb explosion at 7.05 am. First attack of its kind on an Embassy in Tripoli.
Security guards and people living near by have been hospitalised.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (1 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Fathar Alan stand infront of the locked church doors. He does not wear a crucifix as it's iconography is very much disliked by muslims.
He does however wear his dog collar out on the street

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The Last Church in Benghazi (2 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

The Virgin Mary adorns the Church wall as the Sunday service takes place

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The Last Church in Benghazi (3 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Leonarda 'Bing' Asibil (left)
'It's very easy being a Christian in Libya. Most Muslims are very tolerant, there's just a few who have a very conservative interpretation of their faith and make life difficult for us.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (4 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Fathar Alan stand infront of the locked church doors. He does not wear a crucifix as it's iconography is very much disliked by muslims.
He does however wear his dog collar out on the street

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The Last Church in Benghazi (5 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Two Muslim women walk past the locked entrance to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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The Last Church in Benghazi (6 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

The Hymn Sheet for the Sunday Service. it's illegal to distribute Christian literature in Libya.

More than 100 Christians have been imprisoned and accused of trying to convert Libyans.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (7 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

In Acts, attention is given to the religious persecution of the early Christians, as in the case of Stephen's martyrdom and the numerous examples are Paul's persecution for his preaching of Christianity.

As their numbers increase, the Christians begin to be increasingly persecuted. Some of the apostles are arrested and flogged, but ultimately freed. Stephen, one of the first deacons, is arrested for blasphemy, and after a trial, is found guilty and executed by stoning by the Jews, thereby becoming the first known Christian martyr.

Peter and the apostles continue to preach, and Christianity continues to grow, and begins to spread to Gentiles

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The Last Church in Benghazi (8 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Father Allan reads 'Acts of the Apostles ' from the New Testament

As Father Alan takes mass in Benghazi’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church a young Libyan sits in the doorway wearing Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a football shirt and holding an elderly looking sawn-off shotgun.

Immaculate Conception is the city’s last functioning church after gunmen attacked the Greek Orthodox Church in March assaulting the priests and setting it on fire.

Since the revolution the church has been broken into twice and it’s only five minutes away from an open-air gun market but its priests say the only thing that will make them close the church is if the government asks them to leave.

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The Last Church in Benghazi (9 of 14)
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
14 Apr 2013

Father Alan begins the Sunday Service. The small congregation is made up of mainly Philipino natives.

As Father Alan takes mass in Benghazi’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church a young Libyan sits in the doorway wearing Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a football shirt and holding an elderly looking sawn-off shotgun.

Immaculate Conception is the city’s last functioning church after gunmen attacked the Greek Orthodox Church in March assaulting the priests and setting it on fire.

Since the revolution the church has been broken into twice and it’s only five minutes away from an open-air gun market but its priests say the only thing that will make them close the church is if the government asks them to leave.

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

In the octagonal communal garden at the centre of Benghazi’s Al Nafsia drug addiction clinic four men sit quietly talking in the shade. The atmosphere of contemplation makes the clinic seem like an oasis of calm in a city where assassination attempts and armed raids are a monthly occurrence and the soundscape is regularly punctuated by gunshots and squealing tires.

Here Libyans with addiction problems are helped to kick their habits with the help of psychologists and tailor made drug courses. The only problem: this clinic has room for just 40 inpatients, and it is the only treatment centre of its kind in a country where drug addiction is rapidly increasing.

Doctors across Libya say they are being overwhelmed by patients with drug problems and it is proving impossible to provide appropriate treatment for everyone.

‘Every month more people come to us needing help,’ says Dr Abdullah Fannar, deputy director at Tripoli’s Gargaresh psychiatric hospital. ‘It’s part of the fallout from the revolution. The government security forces are weak and hundreds of thousands of Libyans were displaced, wounded or bereaved during the uprising. Now street drugs are proving to be an attractive solution to many of those who are struggling to deal with their new reality.’

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

In the octagonal communal garden at the centre of Benghazi’s Al Nafsia drug addiction clinic four men sit quietly talking in the shade. The atmosphere of contemplation makes the clinic seem like an oasis of calm in a city where assassination attempts and armed raids are a monthly occurrence and the soundscape is regularly punctuated by gunshots and squealing tires.

Here Libyans with addiction problems are helped to kick their habits with the help of psychologists and tailor made drug courses. The only problem: this clinic has room for just 40 inpatients, and it is the only treatment centre of its kind in a country where drug addiction is rapidly increasing.

Doctors across Libya say they are being overwhelmed by patients with drug problems and it is proving impossible to provide appropriate treatment for everyone.

‘Every month more people come to us needing help,’ says Dr Abdullah Fannar, deputy director at Tripoli’s Gargaresh psychiatric hospital. ‘It’s part of the fallout from the revolution. The government security forces are weak and hundreds of thousands of Libyans were displaced, wounded or bereaved during the uprising. Now street drugs are proving to be an attractive solution to many of those who are struggling to deal with their new reality.’

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

In the octagonal communal garden at the centre of Benghazi’s Al Nafsia drug addiction clinic four men sit quietly talking in the shade. The atmosphere of contemplation makes the clinic seem like an oasis of calm in a city where assassination attempts and armed raids are a monthly occurrence and the soundscape is regularly punctuated by gunshots and squealing tires.

Here Libyans with addiction problems are helped to kick their habits with the help of psychologists and tailor made drug courses. The only problem: this clinic has room for just 40 inpatients, and it is the only treatment centre of its kind in a country where drug addiction is rapidly increasing.

Doctors across Libya say they are being overwhelmed by patients with drug problems and it is proving impossible to provide appropriate treatment for everyone.

‘Every month more people come to us needing help,’ says Dr Abdullah Fannar, deputy director at Tripoli’s Gargaresh psychiatric hospital. ‘It’s part of the fallout from the revolution. The government security forces are weak and hundreds of thousands of Libyans were displaced, wounded or bereaved during the uprising. Now street drugs are proving to be an attractive solution to many of those who are struggling to deal with their new reality.’

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Ali
Addicted to Tramadol
From Sebha
Has spent 1 month at the clinic

‘It spreads through schools. My neighbour gave me the first pill. He said it would make me feel powerful. It spreads through groups of friends. After a long time the side effects are very bad I was suffering from aches all over my body, insomnia and uncontrollable anger.

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Mohamed
Addicted to pharmaceuticals including Tramadol, Diazepam, and Bromisoval
From Benghazi
Has spent 1 month at the clinic

‘I started taking Tramadol in 2006. At first it gives you energy and stops you feeling tired. After taking for a long time you get very depressed and frustrated. You get aches all over your body, irritable and angry. Before I came to the hospital I’d been taking Tramadol regularly for five years. I couldn’t take it anymore. I want to turn around my life and feel jealous of my friends who never tried the pills.’

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Mohamed
Addicted to pharmaceuticals including Tramadol, Diazepam, and Bromisoval
From Benghazi
Has spent 1 month at the clinic

'I started taking Tramadol in 2006. At first, it gives you energy and you stop feeling tired. After taking the drug for a long time you get very depressed and frustrated. You get aches all over your body. You also become irritable and angry. Before I came to the hospital, I’d been taking Tramadol regularly for five years. I couldn’t take it anymore. I wanted to turn my life around and feel jealous of my friends who never tried the pills'

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Esam
Addicted to heroin
From Tripoli
Has spent 3 weeks at the clinic

‘If you needed a fix back in the old days, there was a place in Tripoli’s medina where you could put your arm through a hole in the wall with the money in the palm of your hand and you’d receive the injection.

Gaddafi is the reason for the prevalence of HIV amongst drug users. Gaddafi made selling needles to suspected addicts a crime, forcing us to share.’

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Libya’s Only Addiction Clinic Struggl...
Benghazi, Libya
By Tripcarbons
15 Apr 2013

Rafah
Addicted to heroin and alcohol
From Benghazi
Has spent two weeks at the clinic

‘Bokha is made out of figs. You mash them all up and the heat the mixure for 15 days in a big barrel. It froths up and eventually the end liquid comes dripping out of a tube from the top. It’s illegal but all kinds of people drink it all over Libya.’