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Libya: To Return or not to Return?

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Libya, Humor, Ideas, Language, Migration & Immigration, Photography

The last weeks saw a variety of activities on Libyan blogs. It was the ‘end of term’ exams in Libyan schools and Khadijateri has devoted several posts [1] to that.

On the other hand, a hot topic was introduced by Nura [2]on Ly-Hub [3]. Ly-Hub is a blog connecting Libyan bloggers or ‘those with an interest in Libya’. Basically, it's a simple aggregator. Nura raised the issue (below), which is very dear to each mughtarib or expatriate.

“I wanted to ask you all – my fellow Libyan brothers and sisters – whether you also have the sporadic urge to return to Libya or not? Since I have never lived in Libya, I often feel very disconnected with the country and I often feel the need to return for a visit to renew that connection, which is already quite weak.”

Nura's question was picked up by Anglo Libyan [4] who posted about it by asking ” To return or not to return?. This seems to plague many Libyans living abroad.

You can check what they say about it here [5]; Anglo Libyan wonders “the important issue, is Libya going to welcome them there? are they going to be accepted by the Libyan people or will people in Libya look down on them and treat them like returning immigrants? there are so many questions but not many answers.”

Rose Buds [6], a Libyan in Texas, maintains that when we Libyans go abroad we forget the bad things and only remember the good things about Libya. He says it takes one visitor to remind us of those aspects which make us mad about Libya [more [7]].

A very interesting blogger which I have come across recently is OnLibya [8]. His blog Survey [8]is devoted to the current affairs in our society, such as marriage, health and criticism.

Basically he states his topic then enumerates his questions. This is an sound approach, and you can learn a lot from his down to earth reporting.

So once again we can notice how Libyan blogs seem to be going in different directions, which is why they are never boring. Go and explore them.