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Liberation Day In Libya

October 24, 2011

I made an unexpected visit to Libya this weekend to cover the country’s official liberation declaration for the BBC, following the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
The event took place in the country’s second largest city, Benghazi, where the revolution against Gaddafi’s 42 year rule, began in February. It was held in a parade ground across the road from the city’s fortified military base,
the Katiba, which was the scene of the fiercest fighting in Benghazi.
The day felt like one of those very rare magical moments you don’t often get to experience in the news business. It reminded me a lot of the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela following the end of Apartheid. The crowd was in such a good mood. It made you feel like the world really could be a better place where everyone lived in peace and harmony.
This is my favorite shot of the day. You can see more of my photos here:

Libya Liberation Day, Benghazi

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