LIBYA UPDATE

Insecurity, chaos and violence continue to plague Libya more than two years after the overthrow of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Apart from relatively free elections, aspirations towards freedom of the press and human rights remain lofty goals that Libya has yet to fully implement. Many Libyans may be forgiven for wishing that Libya was still ruled by Gaddafi under whom there was at least a considerable measure of security.

The country continues to be controlled and divided by militias and their various loyalties. These militias are further divided between Islamists and those who oppose religious extremism. Tribal loyalities also factor into the fractious nature of the heavily-armed militias.

Al Qaeda-linked militias are exerting their influence into the political, judicial and security arenas of the North African country’s affairs. This Al Qaeda influence, and the significant arms caches associated with Al Qaeda are not only destabilising Libya but are also flowing into neighbouring countries and exacerbating conflicts there.

In this month’s edition of the magazine Mel Frykberg reports on the chaos and division Plaguing Libya.