Displaced residents in Libya cannot return home, militias looting and destroying homes

Militias in Misrata, Libya have been looting and destroying homes in the area preventing those who have been displaced by the conflict from returning home.

According to the Human Rights Watch article, “officials in Misrata have sought to justify the violations to Human Rights Watch, contending that people from Tomina, Kararim, and Tawergha fought with Gaddafi forces and committed atrocities against Misratans during the 2011 conflict.”

The video below shows Misrata militias terrorizing displaced residence from Tawergha in October 2011. (can be seen in the HRW article)

I understand that Libya is in a transitional government and that violence and tension has ensued because of Gaddafi, but that does not justify destroying homes of displaced people and preventing them from returning home. The government needs to act and it needs to order these militias to stop looting and destroying these homes because there is no justification for the actions of the militias, and for the lack of action by government (if they decide to sit back and do nothing).

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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