Libya's ostracised Tawerghans still living in camps

Nearly three years after the conflict in Libya that toppled long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi, some people are still internally displaced.

During the war, fighters from Tawergha were accused of rape and of siding with Gaddafi's forces, which were partly based in the western town during the three-month siege of the nearby city of Misrata.

When the rebel forces prevailed Tawergha was attacked, some 40,000 people were forced from their homes. Many Tawerghan men were jailed, in what human rights organisations described as collective punishment.

To this day it is not possible for the Tawerghans to go home. Many will continue living in camps across the country until an agreement can be reached with Misrata residents to allow for their return, reports the BBC's Rana Jawad from the capital, Tripoli.

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