Libya Pics

These photos were all taken in late June in Benghazi, Ajdabiya and Tobruk – pardon the delayed upload (my computer was out of action.)

A portrait of Libyan nationalist hero Omar Mukhtar, and the words "We won't surrender, victory or death."


The one place I found an anti-NATO banner - it was a place that sold banners next to freedom square in Benghazi. They said they had sold about seven of them.

In Freedom Square, Benghazi

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with Ali Essawy, the foreign affairs representative of Libyan opposition National Transitional Council

National Transitional Council written in English, Amazigh (Berber) and Arabic. The Amazigh language was banned under Gaddafi (including names), as were Amazigh songs and traditional ceremonies.

Head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdel Jalil

Do they look like amateurs to anyone else?

On a main street in Benghazi

Also in Benghazi

A slightly camp freedom fighter

A less camp one...

An underground room in the Benghazi military camp, the taking of which by the revolutionaries was a turning point in the early uprising.

The gate to the camp, which Mahdi Ziu, 49, destroyed by driving a suicide car bomb into.

three young Libyan bloggers/revolutionaries/journalists/whatevers from libyamore.com, outside a building used under Gaddaffi for "revolutionary education" (reading books about how to read Gadaffi's green book correctly etc)

Inside the (burnt out) building


 

In freedom Square, Benghazi


Repairs on electricity lines outside Ajdabiya. The guy was probably working for free as the NTC was broke at the time

A bridal shop in a main street in Ajdabiya

A rebel fighter with his BFG (Big Fucking Gun- military buffs please inform me) on the back of a ute in Ajdabiya
A damaged wall in Ajdabiya
now THAT is a face with character… an elderly Ajdabiya resident.

A resident of Ajdabiya holds up a fragment of the rocket that put three different holes in his house.

More damage from the fighting.

All these people are CIA agents. Clearly.

Giant Egyptian and (pre/post-Gaddafi era) Libyan flags

Protests in Benghazi calling for the transfer of Libyan government funds to the NTC

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A man walks past a wall of martyrs faces in Tobruk

A portrait in Tobruk of Al Jazeera Cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber who died outside Benghazi in 12 March

A refugee camp on the Egypt - Libya border. It's full of black African migrant workers who fled the fighting and persecution at the hands of Libyan rebels, often on the pretext that they were Gaddafi mercenaries. One of the saddest parts of the story in Libya.

This guy is Sudanese... you can tell by the groove he eminates...

My last look back before crossing "home" into Egypt

About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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4 Responses to Libya Pics

  1. The Sudanese guy you photographed – way cool!! And the ‘camp’ freedom fighter.. love it. Some really top shots there Austin.

  2. reem says:

    What I like the most the photograph with the tea pot and the amazing angle which gives you feeling of peace in middle of all the chaos

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