By Jazya Gebril
On September 25, 2017, the Wahbi al-Bouri Cultural Center in Benghazi’s area 602 screened a documentary about mines.
The documentary was prepared by Libyan journalist Khadija al-Amami and a team of media personnel. The screening was organized under the patronage of a number of local and international civil organizations and was attended by members of the Libyan Armed Forces’ Military Engineering Unit.
The film, and subsequent feedback from the Military Engineering Unit, suggests that Benghazi’s suburbs are safe but the heart of the city is not. Benghazi’s center has a malignant cancer that eats at its body and reaps its citizens. Nothing better demonstrates this than a statement made by the courageous al-Amami, who said that “Benghazi is floating in a sea of mines”.
During their battles in Benghazi, terrorist-designated groups planted booby traps on roads and in buildings and neighborhoods to impede the advancement of security forces towards them.
After these groups lost their stronghold on these areas, displaced citizens returning to their homes faced a new threat to their lives – booby traps, including stuffed teddy bears triggered to explode when picked up by a child.