Searching for a stable life in changing times
Thanks to the Reconciliation agreement between Misrata and Tawergha facilitated by UNSMIL with the support of UNDP in 2018, people from Tawergha began to return to their homes safely and settle again.
Jumaa was one of the first residents who decided to return to Tawergha after years of displacement. Going back home and searching for stability was full of challenges for Jumaa and his family. All facilities were vandalized or stolen previously.
"We were excited to be back home, but when we arrived, we realized that life was not going to be easy as almost everything was destroyed, " recalled Jumaa.
"When we entered Tawergha in 2018, it was like a ghost town very dark and frightening, in which we did not find any means of living. Almost every facility was looted, homes, schools, and hospitals," said Mr. Abd-alhadi Medali, Director of the Services Office in Tawergha.
Despite the lack of basic services, Jumaa did not despair. He decided to stay. "I had to find means for a living. I therefore launched a small business consisting of selling drinking water," he explained.
"The city was very dark and without life. Walking around, we were feeling scared and insecure. I was living with my family using the generator in the house for a year and a half until the Government restored the electric grid,” explained Mr. Khairallah Mansour, a resident of Tawergha.