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In Kadafi's hometown, there is little hope for the future of Libya

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Angus McDowall and Ahmed El Mami

SIRTE — People living in the ruins of the 600 block district of Sirte are removing rubble and rebuilding houses damaged by the war. After years of waiting for help, they have little hope of change as the new Libyan government has made the city its headquarters.

They live in an apartment, and ammunition holes take in the cold winters and hot summers of a shelled building that looks structurally unhealthy.

"Governments come, take pictures of the damage and do nothing for us," says Badr Omar, an English teacher who lives in two rooms behind a bare concrete block. I did. He hit the rocket.

Omar's struggle in a city alternated by almost all powerful factions in Libya is a battle and state of divided rulers in oil-rich nations. Use the resources of.

This month, as the latest political stalemate worsened, one of Libya's two rival governments was at the forefront of the central coast after the last major conflict in 2020. Headquartered in the city of Sirte.

The establishment of a parliamentary appointed government in Fatiba Shaga, largely backed by eastern factions, gives a new role to cities suffering from some of the darkest twists in Libya's turbulent recent history. Bring.

Sirte's most prominent son, former dictator Mu'ammar Al-Kadafi, was killed there after fleeing Tripoli in a 2011 NATO-backed rebellion.

Near the hotel where Bashaga stays, a revolutionary finds him, beats him, and shoots Culvert on the road, visiting from many supporters in Sirte, Kadafi. Blocked with debris to discourage, it is now placed in a covered trash can and overgrown with weeds.

Revolution, Jihadist, War

Bashaga is silt as another Libyan Prime Minister, Abdulhamid al-Dobeiba, appointed last year with the support of the United Nations, refused to move to parliament. I'm in. He refuses to give up power.

The government of Bashaga, unable to take over the capital, is located in the vast complex of the Ouagadougou Conference Center in Silt, which hosted the 1999 African Union Summit.

The gold letters above the entrance declare it as the headquarters of the government, but there are no windows left on the wings of the building and there is a huge shell hole in the surrounding structure. ..

When the Islamic State occupied Silt in 2015, the militants also chose the center of the headquarters and raised a black flag from the dome-shaped main building to the defeat the following year.

The 600 blocks where Omar lives were originally built at the summit as guest residences. At the summit, leaders from across the continent gathered to mark the short-lived highest point of the city.

First damaged in 2011, then fought to expel the Islamic State in 2016 and was placed under the Tripoli administration.

Then, in early 2020, the Eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) under Khalifa Haftar seized silt as part of a broader attack.


Since Zaid Hadiya, a Sirte member of the eastern-based parliament, helped Bashagha previously lead resistance to Haftar's attack. , Bashagha's government said it represents a national reconciliation. Tripoli.

However, Haftar's huge poster was hung on the wall near the desk of Mayor Silt, but there was no visible image of Bashaga.

In an interview with Reuters, Mr. Bashaga said he did not yet have access to the state's finances, but was seeking funding for reconstruction work in Sirte. At 600 blocks

, Omar's neighbor Abdul Karim Arshahomi, 57, had little hope of the latest political tactics improving his life.

"Government is like football being kicked from each side for their own benefit. Will things change now? No, no change," he said. rice field.

Like everyone else Reuters spoke of in Silt, he sees the 2011 uprising as a foreign plot to destroy Libya, and Gaddafi spares money in the city. Longed for a calm era given without.

Before he spoke, there was a crackle of gunshots nearby, and someone showed off and celebrated instead of fighting. Shahomi said he was tired of having weapons everywhere.

The school taught by Omar and started by Shahomi's nine children is in the ruins. They have to walk miles to another school.

The subsidized supermarket where Shahomi was buying food was closed after the revolution with similar people throughout Libya. It still stands empty near the roundabout where the Islamic State once carried out public executions.

The seaside Mohammed al-Galai electronics store overlooks the glittering Mediterranean Sea. However, the roof of the building is half recessed and can only be used on the bottom floor.

"Whenever a war occurs, it happens in Sirte," he said, worried about the possibility of standoff escalation between Bashaga and Dbeiba.

"Nothing optimistic about Libya." (Report by Angus McDowall, Ahmed Elumami, Ayman al-Warfali, edited by Gareth Jones)