By Ali Salem.
Tripoli, 22 November 2014:
Journalists, artists and writers in Misrata have appealed to their counterparts in the east of the . . .[restrict]country to work with them to put an end to Libya’s divisions and make it safe again for everyone.
The open letter signed by 37 Misratans called on fellow artists and writers “in our beloved East, the East of creativity and excellence” to rise above the divisions affecting the country and use their literary and artistic skills to help bury such strife.
“It is an educational and social call from Misrata, which is a part of the struggle taking place, for colleagues in the East to launch a national educational role,” Tarek Ghaziri, one of the journalists who signed the letter, explained to the Libya Herald.
“The letter is an attempt to reduce the tension between brothers and to create a better environment for educational dialogue which we believe can have positive results,” he added.
The appeal had been published as an open letter, Ghaziri said, because of the difficulties in contacting the eastern artists and writers individually. “We expect more people to sign because we are trying to turn on a light in the darkness,” he added.
It is not known if the signatories had talked to Misrata’s militia leaders before launching the appeal but it is known that not everyone in the city is happy with the present state of affairs. There are concerns there, and in Benghazi, that that the two sides are becoming so polarized that it could soon be impossible to bridge the divide.