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Reference : V-P-LY-E-00418
Date : 05/04/2021
Country/Region : LIBYA
Caption : Ghadames. Stairs leading to a rooftop.
Photographer : KREMA, Mohaned
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery, 01.06.2021.
"Stairs lead to the rooftops, which are often interconnected between adjacent buildings for women to use as a thoroughfare. Ghadames’s local architecture is characterized by a vertical division of functions: the ground floor is used to store supplies; the upper floor for the family, overhanging to create covered alleys and at the top, open-air terraces reserved for the women.
Ghadames and its inhabitants have not been directly affected by the last round of fighting in Libya, which lasted from April 2019 to August 2020. However, there remains over 500 displaced families who had to leave Ghadames as a result of past inter-communal fighting. These families are now settled in a nearby locality of Awal.
Recently an ICRC team from its Tripoli Sub-delegation took the long road trip to assess the humanitarian situation in the area. They spent a few days there meeting with authorities and mingling with people to learn more about the impact of conflict and COVID-19 on their lives. Being a very remote area in a conflict affected country has taken its toll on the essential services in Ghadames such as water, sewerage and healthcare, as all of them require attention and investment for repairs and upgradation."
Resolution : 1536x2048
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour