One year later, life in Libya has begun to move beyond the revolution. Babies are birthed every day into the new fledgling country, marriages officiated and soldiers repatriated. While the violence in Libya has diminished allowing room for regrowth, sporadic flares of conflict take the main stage while a critical part of the story of the revolution is ignored. Libya, now more than ever, isn’t simply violent rebels in a dusty desert depicted in western media.
The Libyan people are experiencing a whole range of emotions that go beyond violence and suffering. Libya’s rehabilitation efforts as a country move slowly though they are much more powerful and important than the dissonance among few. I wish to refocus the attention of the world as well as those in Libya on the modest but important steps the country is taking towards healing. For without positive imagery and documentation the world only knows Libya as a violent land torn apart.
Rebirth has come to the country, and with that the brave can find forgiveness among neighbors and a country can find peace.
Libya’s Civil War started with a bang as Benghazi was liberated and the world was flooded with images of young rebels and angry protestors. Months later we saw the fall of Tripoli and Leader Muammar Gaddafi’s capture and execution. Yet amid the turmoil and elation, it is easy to get caught up in the loudest elements of regime change. I am documenting Libya and its people throughout the tumultuous change from dictator to democracy through a lens that focuses on forgiveness and growth.
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