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Five years on, displaced Libyans languish in camps

As the fifth anniversary of Libya's revolution draws near, thousands of displaced Libyans are still living as refugees in their own country, with virtually no official recourse.

The airport road camp, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Tripoli, is home to 355 families totaling more than 1,800 people — a third of whom are children. Of these people, 350 are from the stricken town of Tawergha and the rest are families displaced from the capital as their homes were damaged in the 2011 civil war and are still not repaired.

The overwhelming majority of the camp residents are black Libyans who used to live in the coastal town of Tawergha, less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Misrata. The town of an estimated 35,000 residents was almost completely destroyed during the war, and in the final days of the regime, its entire population — accused of supporting regime forces — was forced to flee.

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