Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Amazing Amazigh Heritage...



The Berbers, or Amazigh, are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa. Their identity is based on a common language, ethnicity, geography, and an ancient history.
The Berbers have lived in North Africa for thousands of years, their presence recorded as early as 3000 BC from rock art found across the Sahara Desert...




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Monday, July 13, 2015

ANCIENT LIBYA

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     The Libyan landscape is rich with the treasures of ancient civilizations dating back thousands of years. Many are still in superb condition, particularly the more popular ones in Sabrata, Leptis Magna and Cyrene.
     There are numerous magnificent examples of ancient worlds in Libya,  perhaps not as superbly preserved, but definitely as historically and archaeologically awesome. Over the years, and especially during Gaddafi's time, many of these ancient treasures were ignored and neglected. My children played among the ruins of Sabrata when they were growing up, and never once did I see anyone else there besides our family, not even a guard. Sadly, the history of ancient Libya has not been taught in schools for decades, replaced instead with readings like the Green Book and praises of Gaddafi for 42 years.
     The sands of centuries has covered, protected, or eroded away some of the more ancient and untended settlements of Libyan history, but fascinating examples still stand stalwart against time, waiting to be noticed and treasured...

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

GERMA. LIBYA...

Germa is located approximately 160 kilometres South-West of Sebha, Fezzan,  in southern Libya. The deserted remains were once the capital city of the ancient Berber Garamantian Kingdom of Fezzan, widely considered as Libya's first indigenous empire. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Durian and Assida...a Singapore girl in Libya.

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Logistically, it should never have happened. But it did...
The result is THE LIBYAN, my memoir of marriage to a Libyan scholar and diplomat. His love and obsession with Libya became a story that I've always wanted to share, and felt needed to be told.
Multicultural and multiracial marriages are becoming more common. With that comes a myriad of multi problems as well as a better shot at world peace and beautiful children! For myself, a Eurasian Catholic born and bred in Singapore, multi anything comes easily.  So it was with great bravado and armed with naïveté and limited knowledge, that I married a Libyan and moved to Libya. 
Having visited Egypt and Lebanon in my college days, I knew Libya was different and more conservative. 
My husband had courted me with Arabic poetry and stories of his large family, which was very romantic and appealing to an only child. What he had not prepared me for was the lack of diapers, random arrests, and public hangings. After five years, we had to flee the country for political reasons, leaving everything behind, including my loving Libyan family. 
Singapore girl marrying a Libyan is like the difference between Durian and Assida. If you have experienced them, you'll know what I mean...https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZUww247Ng_0/VW5dIh5W1wI/AAAAAAAAAd0/kiuPzx-WP8A/s640/blogger-image--143279843.jpg