Brega – A Ghost Town In Libya

Brega in Libya is an important North African port in terms of the oil and gas industry and is home to a large oil refinery. Located on the Mediterranean sea, the town became strategic in the recent Libyan Revolution and was largely abandoned during the fighting. As you can see from the video below, a lot of damage was caused. Brega had a large population of foreign nationals working in the energy industry who were evacuated, leaving the town largely abandoned. Sadly, the residents and workers were forced from many parts. They became devoid of business and more importantly of the people that once took residence there.

We’ve featured Benghazi Cathedral in Libya before however that was abandoned a long time before the war. Many of these buildings are receiving a renewed lease of life under the new Libyan administration.

This account is from a Filipino forced to evacuate the country during the fighting –

Feeling relatively safe but worried, some 200 Filipinos in Libya have already started evacuating as violence in the North African country continues to intensify.

Rodel Hipolito, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Libya, said he and the other Filipinos are currently sheltered in an oil refinery in Marsa Brega City, some eight hours away from Tripoli and three hours from Benghazi, the center of violent protest actions aimed at ending the decades-long rule of President Muammar Gaddafi.

“We are now evacuating. We’re just waiting for the ship that will arrive at a port here in Brega and take us to Malta.),” Hipolito told GMA News’ Mel Tiangco in a phone interview on “24 Oras” Tuesday night.

Hipolito said the evacuation was arranged by his German bosses who will flee Libya with them. He said the other Filipinos in the oil refinery were from other companies, and that more are expected to join them from Tripoli.

Although relatively safe, Hipolito, who hails from Quezon City, said they are “worried” after they were victimized by robbers who were taking advantage of the chaos there. He said the ship will take them first to Malta, then to Frankfurt, Germany, from where they will fly back to the Philippines.

The Philippine government is offering to repatriate some 30,000 Filipinos in Libya. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), it has already requested the International Organization for Migration to help arrange flights for Filipinos wishing to go home from Libya.

“As long as the airport in Tripoli is open, we will fly them from there. We are ready to process the repatriation now. We will repatriate as much as we could,” said DFA Undersecretary Esteban Conejos at a press briefing in Manila earlier in the day.

Location: Brega, Libya

Category: Ghost Town

Abandoned: 2011

 

 

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