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Libya, 2015

Lorenzo Meloni documents the war-torn country of Libya in 2015 following its second civil war

Lorenzo Meloni

Lorenzo Meloni Fighter of Al-Karama (Operation Dignity, under General Haftar) with military hat of the old regime of Gaddafi. They fight against the coalition of Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya). Al-Aziziyah, Libya. April (...)
Lorenzo Meloni On the outskirt of Sirte, fighters of Misrata are preparing to battle against IS. Sirte, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni Fighter of Al-Karama (Operation Dignity, under General Haftar) with military uniform of the old regime of Gaddafi are seen fighting against the coalition of Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya). Al-Aziziyah, L (...)
Lorenzo Meloni Fighter of Al-Karama (Operation Dignity, under General Haftar) with military uniform of the old regime of Gaddafi are seen fighting against the coalition of Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya). Al-Aziziyah, L (...)
Lorenzo Meloni On the outskirt of Sirte, fighters of Misrata are preparing to battle against IS. Sirte, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni The funeral of ten martyrs among the brigade of Misrata, killed by an ambush organised by the Islamic State at a checkpoint near Nawfaliyah. Misrata, Libya. March, 2015 © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni The funeral of ten martyrs among the brigade of Misrata, killed by an ambush organised by the Islamic State at a checkpoint near Nawfaliyah. Misrata, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni Misrata International Airport. The arrival of an air ambulance containing two wounded and the bodies of ten martyrs among the brigade of Misrata. They were hit by an ambush organised by the Islamic (...)
Lorenzo Meloni Misrata International Airport. The arrival of an air ambulance containing two wounded and the bodies of ten martyrs among the brigade of Misrata. They were hit by an ambush organised by the Islamic (...)
Lorenzo Meloni On the outskirt of Sirte, civilians are fleeing from the city. Sirte, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni On the outskirt of Sirte, fighters of Misrata are preparing to battle against IS. Sirte, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni On the outskirt of Sirte, fighters of Misrata are preparing to battle against IS. Sirte, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni Misrata International Airport. Misrata, Libya. March, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

In spring of 2015, Lorenzo Meloni travelled to Libya, a country torn by growing political instabilities, the consequences of its second civil war. He reports unspeakable acts of violence and documents the ongoing battle to eradicate Islamic State while two governments confront each other via armed militias.

This work is a continuation of Meloni’s preoccupation with the ever-present threat of terrorism and its effects on fighters and civilian bystanders alike. He also deals with the fate of thousands of migrants, captured, imprisoned and used as political leverage.

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