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Libya - Life After Revolution

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 24 January 2013

For Assignment Justin Marozzi travels to Libya to report on whether the fractured country can come together again after its revolution in 2011.

The city of Misrata arguably suffered the most during the Libyan conflict as missiles rained down on it for months on end. By the end of the revolution though, fighters from Misrata had exacted their revenge on neighbouring towns and had been responsible for the capture of Colonel Gaddafi, as well as Gaddafi strongholds. More recently Misratan fighters have been in action against the city of Bani Walid. Many residents of Bani Walid, accused of being Gaddafi supporters, have been expelled from their homes. Misrata has, effectively, set itself up as a city state, outside the control of Libya's new government.

Writer and journalist Justin Marozzi, who has been visiting Libya over the last twenty years, including during the revolution, asks if reconciliation is possible while different armed groups continue to fight each other? The programme contains strong language and allegations of atrocities which some listeners may find disturbing.

Produced by John Murphy.

(Image of building in Libya - BBC Copyright)


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