A reporter’s journey through Tripoli: Long lines, kidnappings and murder

2 Aug 2017   Libya

The line at the bank was two blocks long and Abdul bin Naji was once again praying for the doors to open. He desperately needed his $60. With Libya in the throes of a currency crisis, that was the weekly limit for withdrawals. For the past month, though, the bank hadn’t had any cash. That didn’t stop bin Naji and hundreds of others from arriving every night to get a good spot in line. On this morning, the unshaven airline employee was third from the door. At 10 a.m., the bank still hadn’t opened. “Thirty-two days and no money,” he sighed. Excruciatingly long bank lines are the latest misfortune for Libyans trapped in a cycle of war and economic upheaval. Six years after the revolution that toppled dictator Moammar Gaddafi, the mood […]

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