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Maybe this is just me being conservative, or maybe it’s me trying to hold onto something that is old, because it goes hand-in-hand to what I call home. However, I find myself becoming irritated when I hear all the things that people want to see in the ‘New Free Libya’. First off, I do not see this Libya as new, for certain it is Free however, not New; it is revived. It is rising from the dust of oppression. It is like a victim to a coma, still growing but, at the same time, not really… This CPR by the Freedom Fighters will make it Free; will make it thrive; will make it shine with the potential that has been buried; will make it Alive, inshAllah!

I desperately do not want us to fall to the mentality of “We have oil! Come see our skyscraper!” I want us to shine with modesty, to be humble in our style, to be loved & admired for what we have to offer.

I desperately do not want us to fall to the mentality of “We have oil! Come see our skyscraper!” I want us to shine with modesty, to be humble in our style, to be loved & admired for what we have to offer. 

We shall, God Willing, sustain ourselves with our brains. Be the place to seek the light of knowledge. Be the place to adventure in our rich history, our one of a kind totally-for-sure-I-just-had-a’sida culture. Tourism is amazing however, my biggest fear is that our glorious coast shall be abused: I do not want it to turn into a “Hawaii.”

We are Libyan: we fought for freedom not for glam. We fought for security not for money. We fought from our hearts because we are Muslim, because we deserve justice, because we are human. This is Libya & I want it to remain my  Libya!

Mona Aboudheir
Bachelor of Health Studies, Second Year
University of Regina
Canada

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