Libya

Interview with Wolfram Lacher

European governments are accused of complicity in human rights violations in Libya. Their actions are also reducing the country's chances for political stability, believes Wolfram Lacher of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Since the summer of 2016, Libya has become the number one transit country for illegal migration into Europe. Here, a group of migrants who have been rescued by a MSF vessel.
Attacking Sufi Heritage in Libya
In the post-revolution lawlessness of Libya, Sufi shrines and mosques were bombed by Salafi militant groups. Photographer Nader Elgadi documented the fear, destruction and the efforts to resist in a series of photographs from 2013-2014.
Abubaker and a friend visited the Al Andalusi shrine in the aftermath of its bombing in 2013. The shrine was a significant icon of the city of Tajoura in the east of Tripoli.
Tahrir Square in Cairo. Since 2013, Egypt has experienced extremist attacks in its major cities and on the Sinai Peninsula, most recently the 24 November mosque attack that killed more than 300 worshippers.
Civil War Libya and its Spillover to Egypt

Egyptian terror groups are plotting attacks from Libya, while arms smuggling across the border provides weapons to insurgents across the county. Cracking down will be difficult for Egypt’s president.

Abubaker in the ruins of the Sidi Alandalusi shrine, a significant icon of the city of Tajoura in the east of Tripoli.
Destruction of Sufi Heritage in Libya

Photographer Nader Elgadi followed the travails of the Sufi population in and around Tripoli after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Mohammad Al-Zway and Ragab Benghuzzi in the Al Aesema station in Tripoli in 2013. They have since left Libya over concerns about their safety.
Libya’s War on Journalism

Since the revolution in Libya, journalists have been attacked for exposing militia crimes. Several have been murdered, and dozens have fled. But some in exile refuse to stay silent.

The Sahara desert region of Fezzan in Libya.
Italy’s Intervention in Libya’s South

Southern Libya, a human trafficking hotspot, has long been overlooked. Italy is now trying to tackle the problem, but faces the region’s political vacuum and its booming black market.

Sallum, a border town between Egypt an Libya
Reading Egypt’s Policy on Libya

Egypt has long thrown its weight behind Khalifa Haftar in Libya, but there are signs that it is opening the door to dialogue with his rivals. Will they listen?