“Toubous are afraid the troops from Benghazi will try to take control of the borders”
The Toubous from Kufra immediately opposed the ‘shield’ force because they consider its intervention completely illegal. They see the force as partisan to the Zwai’s cause, because they are Arabs too as opposed to the Toubous, who are African nomads.Wounded "shield" fighter after his return to Benghazi. Photo published on June 28.
The main problem is at the borders, which the Toubous have been monitoring and controlling since the fall of the Gaddafi regime. In particular, they controlled a much sought-after drug trafficking route coming from Mali via Egypt. The Toubous don’t want fighters from Benghazi taking control of these borders, nor of the border camps that house illegal migrants.A child's room destroyed by mortar fire. Photo published on June 30.We believe that there has been enough violence. That’s why the National Toubou Council set up a reconciliation committee with Libyan authorities last week. Its members represent the different factions present in Kufra, and it will travel to the region very shortly to try to engage all the parties involved in talks. We have reached out to prominent Zwai figures in Tripoli, who have said that they are willing to try to persuade their fellow tribesmen to negotiate.