Showing posts from February, 2012

Our farm in the fog

We woke up the other morning to a blanket of fog. I didn't get a chance to go outside until the fog began to lift. It was so quiet and peaceful. Here are a few pictures that I took of our farm in the fog.

Fog by Edwina Reizer
Fog, settling in the air all around. Fog, covering the earth like a blanket on the ground. Where did you come from?  Why are you here?  You feel so misty. The air's unclear.
Fog, I wait patiently and use my eyes. Fog, you're lifting now and I can see the skies. Everything looks like it did before. No more mist the ground's been kissed by fog. 

Making Libya a Safer Place

Last November I posted about unexploded ordnance that was being stored in a munitions dump right next to the main road in Ainzara. The camp had been targeted by NATO during the war and there is still a huge amount munitions there. The site is visible from the street as you drive by, and the past few weeks I've noticed that there's been some activity there. Workers and equipment have been on the site and some of the bombs have been removed and rearranged.
Today I came across some images on Flickr of work that is being done by Handicap International, an independent international aid organisation.  They were co-recipients of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which led to the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty. They also received the 1996 Nansen Refugee Award, an award given by the UNHCR,  for their work with refugees and victims of landmines. 
A team of six worked to neutralize some anti-aircraft missiles that were sitting…

What should I bring? Everything and nothing... bring yourself!

I recently received this comment:
I have a request  Can you please make a post... a list of things that you should bring to Libya ( from electronics to food ) If you've lived In the US or Europe your whole life, but decide to live in Libya. I'm getting ready for my trip now...seems like a never ending list please.. Thank You
This is something I get asked quite often. And I'd have asked the same thing before I came here (but there wasn't internet in 1989). The result for me was that I brought all kinds of things that I didn't need and left behind things that would have been useful. 
When I arrived, life in 1980's and 90's was miserable in Libya. I came to Libya pregnant with my first child and brought nothing related to babies with me thinking that Libya was the land of big families and there was sure to be tons of everything related to babies.... wrong! There was practically nothing. Luckily, my husband had to travel to Egypt and came home with a sui…

Avoiding the Crossfire

Twelve checkpoints slowed my way home last night. Traffic crawled at the approach of each stop. In the darkness, men who were  manning each checkpoint peered into my car and then waved me through. I was only stopped once. I pulled over and they popped the trunk open and searched through the back of my car. They were stopping most of the cars driven by males and giving them a more thorough check. There are normally only one or two checkpoints that I go through on my way home, but with the upcoming anniversary of the uprising, as well as Saadi's threatening remarks about his eminent return from exile in Niger, has got all of Tripoli on heightened alert.
Despite the extra security I feel uneasy and nervous. In the past two weeks I've been witness to three situations in which men, who were having arguments in the street, drew weapons. Seeing men shouting, waving guns and pointing them at each other just because of a silly argument is frightening. Twice, I happened to be in my car…

Bad Weather & Good News

We're having unusually cold weather this week. Yesterday we had gale force winds, rain, hail, sleet and in some areas there was even snow. I got up in the morning and sent my husband and kids off into the world, only to have my husband and Jenna return home a while later. Jenna's school was closed because of flooding and bad weather. There was ice (or maybe snow) on the ground nearby too. 
The electricity in my area shut down in the morning and was off all day, so we huddled under blankets and I read a book. Our poor dogs were freezing outside. We had to fortify their shelters as best as we could against the wind and gave them some old carpets and blankets to burrow under. I tried to get Rita and her puppy into the laundry room but she would have none of that - she insisted on being on the front porch, where she had full view of the gate and the main entrance to the house.

Today the weather is better. The winds have died down and the sky is blue but it's still bitter cold…