What did Libyans gain from the Arab Spring?

Mato's Blog

Mustafa Fetouri

February 17 marked the fourth anniversary of the Libyan uprising and the events that led to the civil war and to the NATO bombing campaign which toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s government.

Four years on and the simple question arises of whether Libya and Libyans indeed achieved anything that is considered positive or worth continuously paying the price for.

Thousands of Libyans are still displaced inside Libya, where they live on charity handouts and in makeshift camps scattered in various areas of the oil-rich country. Tawergha, a coastal town east of Misrata, is indicative of what is going on. Its entire population of some 40,000 still cannot go home. In the final days of the 2011 war, militias destroyed almost the entire town’s homes and businesses.

Thousands of other families in the south, east, and in Tripoli itself still live away from their homes. Since last summer, Benghazi, where the rebellion…

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