Libyas ancient ethnic minority: Amazigh ( Berbers)

February 20, 2015

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/libya-berbers-fear-ethnic-conflict-2014123065353199495.htm

Amazigh.   Also called Berbers,

the Amazigh are native inhabitants of North Africa, with a population extending from Morocco’s Atlantic coast to the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. The arrival of Arabs in the region in the seventh century was the beginning of a slow yet gradual process of Arabisation, which intensified during Muammar Gaddafi’s rule (1969-2011).

Unofficial estimates put the number of Amazighs in Libya at around 600,000 – about 10 percent of the total population. But today, they say they are feeling increasingly targeted amid growing political upheaval in the country.

To concider also: (Citate:).… Others are including in their programmes tributes to Mustapha Ourrad, the Charlie Hebdo editor, an Amazigh Algerian who was killed in the attacks. Amazigh leaders are acknowledging the gains achieved, while realising how far they still have to go. …

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