Among the more than one million Syrians who’ve fled the war are Syrians of Armenian descent. About 10,000 have made their way to Armenia. Unlike most Syrian refugees, they’re Christian. And many of them fear that if Syrian Bashar al-Assad leaves, they can never go home again.
Syrians are now the second largest group of refugees to enter the European Union. They usually come through Greece, but it’s hard for them to get refugee status there. The country is overwhelmed. Reporter Marine Olivesi traveled with a Syrian family of 16 that landed in Greece and is desperately trying to get to Sweden.
Reporter Marine Olivesi, a frequent contributor from Libya, was the first western journalist to view Gaddafi’s corpse. She told us about her surreal hunt to find the dictator’s remains and about the return to normalcy in the city of Misrata.
There are still thousands of people missing in Libya since the revolution. The Ministry of Martyrs and Missing People has the job of tracking them down. Many of the missing have been turning up, mostly in mass graves.
An ancient town at the borders dividing Tunisia, Algeria and Libya is nicknamed “the pearl of the desert.” This UNESCO World Heritage site was famous for its annual autumn festival celebrating, among other things, the local dates harvest and Tuareg culture.
Muslims around the world recently celebrated Eid al-Adha, the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Correspondent Marine Olivesi spent the holiday with Libyan families who have moved in to the ruins of the old regime – quite literally.
It’s been a year since Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. But there’s one town in Libya that remains a Gaddafi stronghold: Bani Walid. And battles there over the weekend have claimed 30 lives.
Many Libyans are still trying to make sense of the attack in Benghazi that happened five weeks ago Tuesday. Correspondent Marine Olivesi is in the capital, Tripoli. She says many of the Libyans she talked to are contrite, and hope for continued close relations with Washington.
The influx of Syrian refugees is taking a toll on the Southern Turkish town of Antakya, where many Syrian families and activists have settled.
People in Sirte, the hometown of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, have mixed feelings about the elections and the new Libya.
The preliminary results in Libya’s national assembly election suggest a liberal alliance headed by Western-educated economist Mahmoud Jebril is edging out more conservative Islamist parties.
Libyans go to the polls this weekend for the country’s first free elections. Among the 3700 candidates are several dozen Libyan-Americans. They’ve spent decades in the US as political exiles. Now back in their birth country, they hope to contribute to Libya’s transition to democracy.
The country needs migrant workers to rebuild; but at the same time it’s been cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Marine Olivesi reports from Burkina Faso, where many Tuaregs have taken shelter to escape violence and Islamic extremism in their home country, Mali.
When war broke out in Libya last year, migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were caught in the middle. Reporter Marine Olivesi meets with some from the West African country of Mali, who are still struggling to rebuild their lives a year after fleeing Libya. She reports from the Malian capital, Bamako.