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Libyan artists turn to black comedy to show youth exploitation

A play dubbed “Chocolate Egg” uses black comedy to show the exploitation of young Libyans by officials to lure them into military formations.
Libyan youths pose for a picture in front of the Corinthia Hotel after a swim near the city's main port, Tripoli, Libya, April 22, 2019.

MISRATA, Libya — As desperation continues to plague young Libyans in light of the decadelong cycle of chaos, impunity and violence haunting the country, many artists are showcasing their work that holds a message rejecting war.

“Chocolate Egg,” which is currently playing in Libya’s western city of Misrata, is a dark comedy play that sheds light on the officials’ exploitation of the Libyan youth who are part of armed formations that uses them in their political and financial games.

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