Mat Nashed

Demining in Libya

Mines and unexploded ordnances pose a threat at every step of the way. Efforts to dispose of the remnants of war aim to reclaim safe spaces–and a common ground for shared experiences for Libyans from all parts of the country.

Demining in Libya
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.

Cultural Space in Benghazi

In conservative Benghazi the cultural space Tanarout has become a haven from the war, a space where boys and girls can escape growing extremism and the rampant unemployment induced by the ongoing conflict.

Designer Khaled Bader drawing a mural in the new Tanarout centre.
Libya's Banned Book Launch in Tripoli
Young Writers Speak of Their Libya

An anthology of work from 25 young Libyan writers has created a scandal in Libya due to claims of obscenity. Now many of the writers fear for their lives.

Khaled Mohammad speaking in Cairo. A member of the al-Qadhadhfa tribe he fled Libya after the revolution, and is unsure if he will ever return.
Gaddafi Loyalists Struggle for Relevance

Since the revolution in Libya, Gaddafi loyalists and members of his tribe have been marginalised. Some have chosen exile and wonder if they can ever return home.

Agrimatic's farm on the outskirts of Cairo.
Startups and Entrepreneurship in Egypt

A team of 16 young Egyptian economists has come together to spread awareness about the economy while figuring out ways to empower startups in the country.

Sketches of those who died in Suruç appeared in Ozgur Genclik
Life for Pro-Kurdish Organisations Gets Harder After the Coup

In July 2015 its members were killed when a suicide bomber's detonation ripped through a crowd of youth activists in the city of Suruç in southern Turkey. Now members of the pro-Kurdish youth organisation SDGF are under attack from their own government.