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The Lust for Libya: How a Nation was Torn Apart

The legacy of the life and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The history of Libya is the history of the foreign powers who ruled Libya."  Rebel forces in Western Libya

Oct.18.– Libya has been broken apart.

Torn asunder by competing local, regional and international forces, its survival as a singular nation-state is under threat.

Once Africa's wealthiest country with the continent's largest oil reserves and highest standard of living, Libya, liberated from a dictator's grip, is mired in a violent, internecine conflict that has left many of its people struggling for food, fuel and security.

Libya dividesSo how did it come to this?

Libya is split between rival governments and conflicting centres of power - one in the east of the country and one in the west - each backed by militias fighting for their own share of Libya's loot seven years on from the violent overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.

"Divisions in Libya are not based on ethnic, or religious, or sectarian factors. The divisions are purely political, purely based on disagreement and how to share power and wealth," says Libyan academic and politician Guma el Gamaty ...

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