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Snapshots: Libyan photographers capture life after the floods

Keeping the spotlight on northeast Libya with weekly photos that matter to people on the ground.

A wide angle shot of a building. Ameen Alokaley/TNH

What does life look like in northeast Libya after catastrophic flooding killed thousands of people?

Find out for yourself with this weekly view from photographers on the ground in and around Derna, a city that lost entire families and neighbourhoods when two dams burst after a storm tore through the northeast mid-September. 

While official estimates of the dead sit at more than 4,300, other numbers are much higher, and thousands remain missing. 

Check back to see weekly photos, and to listen to the photographers explain why they matter to them as – long after other cameras have moved on – The New Humanitarian looks to keep the spotlight on northeast Libya. 

Week of 1 October 2023

Despite the loss of a friend and the destruction of his home city – known before the disaster as “Derna al-Zahra” (Blooming Derna) for its famous jasmine flowers – photographer Ameen Alokaley shares photos that show both “hope and pain”.

Week of 24 September 2023

Photographer Mohamed Nabil explores the aftermath of the floods in his home city of Derna, capturing rescue workers, ambulances, protests, and messages of unity that have emerged in the wake of the disaster.

Edited by Ciara Lee and Annie Slemrod.

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