By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 23 July 2013:
The ongoing drive to identify nameless bodies from both the revolution and the Qaddafi era is . . .[restrict]getting a boost from the South Korean government, which is building a new forensic centre in Tripoli.
“This is a response to a request for help made by the Libyan government in November 2011,” an official at the South Korean embassy told the Libya Herald.
The centre, which will be “dedicated to the identification of missing people,” the official said, will cost $ 2.7 million to build. The project is being fully-funded by the South Korean government, he said, and is expected to open in September 2014.
There are already seven South Korean forensic scientists working in the country. These, along with several anthropologists, are working closely with the Libyan Ministry for the Affairs of the Families of the Martyrs and Missing Persons (MFMM), said the official.
“We are always prepared to help Libyans carry out their job,” he said.
In a separate project, part-funded by Spanish oil company Repsol, a DNA centre is also being built in the capital. South Korea had apparently proposed a DNA centre, but the Libyan government said they would prefer a forensic centre. [/restrict]