Libya’s Quiet War: The Tuareg of South Libya

It has been five years since the start of the revolution that toppled former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and Libyan’s are desperately trying to get their country back on track. Libya currently has two rival governments, one based in the west and the other in the east each with their own armed groups. These groups are now battling each other across the country for wealth and power.

Violence has destroyed much of Libya’s infrastructure disrupting its oil production and draining it’s government dry, militia have multiplied, cross border smuggling has skyrocketed and the Islamic State has gained a foothold amongst the chaos. Much of this turmoil is happening in the north where most of Libya’s people live. But in remote southwest Sahara, the indigenous Tuareg tribe, variously used and discriminated against by former strongman Muammar Qaddafi, fight for their place in a post-revolutionary Libya.

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