Aid & Development

Libya: Preparations ongoing to return public services to Tawergha

North Africa

Minister of the Interior of the GNA, Fathi Bash Agha, met with Chairman of Tawargha’s Local Council, Abdul Rahman Shakshak, to discuss the arrangements for the opening of a police station in Tawergha.

More than seven years after being deserted by its residents, the city of Tawergha in northwestern Libya is witnessing the return of its public services, eight months after locals returned to the city.

In a meeting with the Minister of Interior in the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bash Agha, the chairman of Tawargha’s Local Council, Abdul Rahman Shakshak, discussed the rehabilitation of the city’s Police Station and other security services. The meeting concluded with Agha promising to solve the security problems that the city is facing.

Since the return of Tawerghans to the city in June 2018, the city’s security forces consisted of only 50 members who were tasked to protect and secure the city’s eastern entrance. This proved to be a problematic task primarily because they did not receive any support or services to ease their job.

However, after inspecting the situation, the GNA’s Ministry of Interior promised that equipment and training would be provided to the Tawergha security forces.

Following the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, deadly clashes erupted between the city of Tawergha and its neighbour city, Misrata. This resulted in the displacement of over 40,000 Tawerghans to displacement camps in the Libyan desert.

During their displacement, Tawerghans suffered massively due to the lack of aid that was being delivered to them.

The crisis resulted in the UN continuously urging Libyan parties to try and mitigate the misery of the displaced Tawerghans.

By June 2018, a historical peace treaty was signed by representatives from Misrata and Tawergha, which guaranteed the right of Tawerghans to return to their city and live there in peace.

Since then, thousands of Tawerghans have returned to their homes, only to find them destroyed, abandoned and without key services. However, this did not affect the residents of the city who sought to improve their situation.

With support from international and local aid organisations, the residents of the city began rebuilding their homes and schools and rehabilitating the infrastructure of their city.

Now that much of the necessary infrastructure has been rehabilitated, the residents of the city are calling for the security services to resume in order to serve and protect the people.

Therefore, the meeting between Agha and Shakshak can be considered a sigh of relief to the residents who remain hopeful that their city will one day return to what it once was.