Aid & Development

Efforts to encourage national reconciliation in Dirj, Libya

North Africa

The Network of Peacemakers, an NGO, has been working to encourage young people in the country to participate in national reconciliation efforts in the city of Dirj in Libya.

In the city of Dirj in Libya, a local organisation is encouraging national reconciliation efforts between the citizens of the country. The Network of Peacemakers, a Libyan NGO is going around several cities in the country to teach youth and women how to achieve peace and national reconciliation. This session which was held in Dirj’s City Hall and was attended by activists from local civil society organisations, officials and citizens who were interested in the ideas being presented.

“A discussion was held on reconciliation awareness, as well as the role of the youth in establishing rules for building positive peace throughout the country,” said Mohammed al-Sweid, a member of the Network of Peacemakers. “We met today with young elites from Dirj, and the meeting was good, especially as they were introduced to local and international charters that contribute to promoting their role.”

The youth in the city of Dirj, which is approximately 500 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli, received information on the opportunities that they can partake in to participate in the process of national reconciliation.

“We came today to the city of Dirj with the network of peacemakers to establish civil and social peace in all regions of Libya,” said Siraj al-Deen al-Muqaffaq, the coordinator of the Network of Peacemakers. This network’s program, in addition to other programs, will target all areas of Libya in the east, west, north, and south.”

After the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has suffered through several years of instability and conflict, however, as a result of international effots, the heads of the conflicting factions in Libya are attempting to solve the crises plaguing the country.

Citizens across the country are attempting to overcome political and social struggles by working together and encouraging national reconciliation.  The most important example of this is the historical reconciliation agreement between the cities of Misrata and Tawergha, which were at war for over seven years.

Libyans now have the chance to build their country together, with women and youth leading the battle for positive change.