Did you grow up in Libya?
oh yeah, i was born in Benghazi, lived there for about 15 years, after that i stayed in Algeria for 6 years, i then returned to Benghazi just a month before the uprisings,
Are you there now?
yep, hard luck, right?
i just returned from Patras a week ago. the prizes hit the Roof there, but still in general better than Libya lol.
I'd love to hear more about living under Gaddafi and how it's been there since he was deposed. Difficult times for the people there...
under Gaddafi's reign Libya was the last place a reasonable man would think of going to, i can't get how we managed to survive really, he breached every aspect of our lives, you can't talk about News around the world, no you tube, no Facebook, no Twitter no nothing ( however the restriction was lifted in 2010), he had those spooky supporters of his with their bob Marley hairstyle walking around the streets, hoping to catch someone criticizing him or reading a newspaper so they could fly him to Tripoli, specifically to Abu Salim Prison
Education wasn't even there, all students from all ages were forced to study about the Accomplishments of the Brotherly Leader, if you get a full mark in the Subject " The Jamahiriyya Society" your good to go, if not, you must study the whole year again, regardless of your marks in Maths, Biology etc.
another terrible thing is that citizens from 20 years onwards were forced to go and fight in Chad during the Chad-Libya War.
and yet another terrible thing was that even Mosque Imams were tortured for criticizing his Book "the Green Book", and were forced to curse the Qur'an and step on it, better still, they had to praise the Leader and his Green Book. then publicly ask forgiveness from him.
and that is not to mention poverty and ignorance etc that plagued the Country for 40 years, four decades of hell..
although after the Revolution Freedom of speech is better when compared under Gaddafi's libya, the situation in general now is far worse than it was under his reign, Terrorism is what rules in Benghazi, while i'm typing this reply, i heard 47 explosions ( i literally counted them ), Police officers, Army members, are being killed everyday, Osama Bin Laden's pics are all over the city, and you can also hear American Drones flying at sunrise!
. who are these Terrorists? well, most of them are Libyan, you can say 85%. the others are from Mali and Syria ( yes, Syria).
the only city that is COMPLETLY under control of these terrorists is Derna. they aren't allowed to watch TV, aren't allowed to enter mosques without growing a beard, and aren't even allowed to celebrate the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad ( they regard celebrating birthdays as innovation, and in the Takfir Doctrine
, Innovation is Haram)
so you can say Libya now is a "Zoo in the Desert"