While forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi tighten their grip on the capital, Tripoli, people in “liberated” eastern Libya still struggle with a lingering fear of his violent regime.
There are evenings in Benghazi when the darkness of the dust storms rolling north out of the desert gets to town before the night edging south towards the land from the wintry Mediterranean.
Then the grey dust thickens and slowly erases the detail of daytime from view – the advertising hoarding with the poster of Col Gaddafi torn down to reveal another, older poster of him underneath, or the faded elegance of the old Italian buildings around the port.
Just before darkness finally comes, some trick of the desert sky gives the sea an eerie phosphorescent glow, as though the light were rising up from within
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