Current Affairs
“I nearly got shot many times. Some people next to me were shot and died.”

At about this time a year ago, rival Libyan factions meeting in Geneva agreed to a truce after many years of civil war.

Although the General Election in neighbouring country Libya is imminent, the revolution has dark chapters for many Libyans, in particular those who enjoyed prosperity during the Gaddafi era and those that suffered instability as a result of the revolution that brought about freedom.

The current situation in Libya ten years after the revolution is the subject of a documentary that will be transmitted following the 8 pm news bulletin on TVM as part of the series Carter Reports.

Civil war memories are still fresh in the minds of revolutionary like Tarek Mana who lives in Yafran.

“I nearly got shot many times. Some people next to me were shot and died.”

For others, like this shop outlet owner in Medina in Tripoli, the revolution was a false dream.

“Our dream was that we’ll be better after the revolution. But in reality, that wasn’t true… Everyone’s dream is to leave this country.”

This is the situation that our television crew found while on a Libya visit in recent weeks as part of this series. Journalist Liam Carter investigated how some have seen the revolution that ousted Gaddafi after a civil war with Malta and other countries having offered humanitarian aid.

Some opined the Gaddafi era was better while others are feeling the relief after four decades of terror and oppression such as Faudi who teaches the Amadigh language that was banned by Gaddafi and those using it were dismissed from employment and also imprisoned.

“It’s prohibited and you cannot do it. You can talk but use letter and write, no! It’s not allowed. What were the reasons behind this? No one knows. Dictatorship.”

A young entrepreneur interviewed in Carter said a stream of new light is being seen and perhaps the wheel will once more begin to turn not only in Tripoli but also further away. However, in the programme it is reflected that the determination and will of the revolutionaries remains uppermost to substantiate their dreams of the country becoming a democracy.

“I think the revolution is still on. We are still fighting. It’s not over yet. We have a Government but no Government. We are still really fighting. We wanted democracy with all costs. So we didn’t give up yet.”

It was on 20th October when Gaddafi was killed by the militia at Misurata. His death as one of the world’s most influential dictators meant the collapse of his regime but the desire for peace and stability is still not only reflected in Libya but also throughout the Maghreb and Mediterranean region.