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Libyan Writer Dr. Fathi al-Akkari
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Dr. Fathi Akkari

Thursday, 1 May, 2008

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The Love of Libya (1)

Dr Fathi Akkari

Many young Libyans living abroad, who left their homeland at an early age or were born outside, missed the joy of “the love of Libya”. It is not about story telling or Libyan food and/or traditions. When elderly Libyans speak about their homeland or Watan they always mean the land they lived in but not the state. The people of Libya never had their own national state before 1950. In all the known history before that date Libya was governed by foreign rulers. This is why they do not associate with the central government but stay firmly connected to the local land. Although Libya is a vast land you find people fighting for few meters during winter season. In Libya they say “the Birth Place is Dear”. Actually some Arab students living in the west send their wives to give birth in their country for similar reasons. If you ask a Libyan where is he from? He will answer with the name of his hometown or city that is Derna, Tripoli or Zwara etc. In this series of articles I will try to bring Libya closer to our young generation living outside and who speak English more than Arabic. One might ask, what are we missing when living outside Libya? Today I will talk about the natural beauty of some parts of the wide landscape of Libya.

The beauty of Libya

In Libya beauty is connected with many features namely, green areas, water resources, desert landscape, seaside and mountains. A landmark in my home town Derna is the water falls that used to irrigate the whole city gardens through specially built water channels “Saghia”. Derna was famous for its Banana crop.

Darna sits at the western end of the green mountain area where the sea meets the green land. This area is of endless beauty especially during summer season. For example, at the little village of Lathrowne where the green mountain is diving into the sea.

Few kilometres to the west is the small village of Rasilhilal where the mountain is hugging the sea in endless joy. Here we can see the port of Rasilhilal.

Cycling, walking or driving twenty kilometres to the west we reach the ancient city of Apolonia now called Sousa. This city deserve more than a short mention where one day insha Allah I will devote an article to describe its history and beauty. It has a very pleasant sea side port and surroundings. Nothing has changed since the Italian era. This is the back view of the port in Jan 2008.

From there you can walk to the ancient city of Cyrene now called Shahat where the old Greek Libyan history shines over the mountain.

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