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Reference : V-P-LY-E-00420
Date : 05/04/2021
Country/Region : LIBYA
Caption : Ghadames. City gate.
Photographer : KREMA, Mohaned
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery, 01.06.2021.
"One of Ghadames' gates separate the walled old city from the palm orchards. These gates are closed every day at sunset and open at sunrise. The palm orchards provide a major source of income and contribute to livelihoods for the residents of this remote desert town. They often trade dates with commercial convoys crossing the Sahara.
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