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Berbers in Tunisia fed and housed Libyan Berbers displaced during the 2011 uprisings.  Photo: Samer Mohdad, Corbis Berbers in Tunisia fed and housed Libyan Berbers displaced during the 2011 uprisings. Photo: Samer Mohdad, Corbis

Chapter 9 – Berbers, borders and breakdown 
in the 2011 Libyan civil war

In the 2011 Libyan civil war

The 2011 revolts in North Africa and the Middle East, known by the not-so-inclusive moniker “Arab Spring,” brought together Tunisian and Libyan Imazighen (Berbers) in the borderlands of southeastern Tunisia and Western Libya. Whereas some Tunisians and Libyans had long moved through this borderland for trade, work or family visits, others had little direct familiarity with their co-ethnics until the Libyan Civil War, when hundreds of thousands of Libyans took refuge in this region of Tunisia – as many as 10,000 per day at the peak of the crisis.

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