The beautiful alleyways in the Old City of Tripoli didn’t help conflict-hit Libya’s capital to have a better rating in the survey. With 40 points out of 100, Tripoli dropped from 132 in 2014 survey to the fifth least livable city in 2015, CNN wrote on August 17.
That’s right. The Libyan capital has come a long way since the country was finally ‘liberated’ after almost 42 years of ‘brutal oppression’, so that the capital of the once most prosperous country of Africa now has become one of the least livable cities in the entire world. In fact the most unlivable city of all, after Lagos (Nigeria) Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and of course Damascus.
When I read about this, some Bible verses came to mind.
How deserted lies the city, once so full of people!
How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.
Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
How is the gold become dim, how is the most fine gold changed!
The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street…
(Lamentations 1:1-2 and 4:1)
The annual livability ranking provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit says that Tripoli has seen a sharp decline in livability over the past four years – a fact that is exactly inversely proportional to what somehow some people still believe was the purpose of the so-called February 17 revolution: freedom, democracy and the improvement of living conditions.
“Look at the oppressed people.. oh wait”, someone aptly commented on one of the videos below, while another one wrote: “Now destroyed by US & NATO & GCC.”
How sweet this dangerous dream… that the wretched will have their state again.