An uneasy calm rests on Tripoli these days. A lack of effective security is having disruptive consequences. Recently local doctors took matters into their own hands by shutting down their hospital for ten days.
Doctors in Tripoli are increasingly concerned about the presence of armed militiamen in hospitals, says Dr Saleyha Ahsan, freelance journalist and a British physician who volunteered to work in the Libyan capital.
There are a lot of weapons “floating around” Libya these days, mostly in the hands of the country’s one hundred plus militias. It’s estimated, for example, that there are 20,000 anti-aircraft missiles yet to be secured.
Libya was officially declared liberated on October 23 but my friend Ahmed won’t leave the Tunisian capital, Tunis. He doesn’t want to return to his family in Libya. One of the main reasons is guns.
'War wounds that won't heal quickly
Saleyha Ahsan is a doctor, a journalist and a filmmaker. She was also a captain in the British Army who served in Bosnia. For the past month, Saleya has been working as a medical volunteer with Libya’s war wounded. She started out in a hospital in neighboring Tunisia.
I am still in Tatouine at the hospital-I arrived three days ago, but it feels like a week. I have been following a small group of Libyan doctors who have volunteered to come and work in the hospital dealing specifically with Libyan wounded fighters (from both sides) and civilians.
A few weeks ago, I arrived in Tataouine, a desert town in South Tunisia, on a hot sandy day. I was there to work with the Libyan Global Relief Committee (LGRC), a medical group comprised of Libyan nationals or members of the diaspora returning home to help.
The more I delve into the murky Kafkaesque world of secret evidence use in British courts-the more my belief that this a regressive movement in terms of the British justice system is reinforced.