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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 06:21 PM

Libya's new battle is getting young people into jobs

By Katy Watson Business Reporter, BBC News, Tripoli
11 December 2011 Last updated at 11:01 ET

It is a sunny winter afternoon in downtown Tripoli. Martyrs' Square - known as Green Square under Gaddafi rule - is bustling again.

Libyans are returning to their daily lives after a brutal year of fighting and watching over them is twenty-three-year old Abdul Aziz Masood.

Sat in the driver's seat of his battered pick-up truck, he's armed with a 20-year-old sniper rifle.

Life for Abdul Aziz has changed dramatically. This time last year he was a student. But now he's taken on a new job - he says he needs to protect Libya until stability returns.


It's a really interesting article on post-conflict transition. Many of the same dynamics are relevant to gang life in America. Hope you find it thought provoking. Please discuss the subject of the article and not the whole on-running debate over "intervention" in Libya.

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