Classes usually start between 8.15 and 8.30 am and I can see busy parents rushing by with their children. Today I noticed a large crowd in front of a primary school and the fathers were gesticulating angrily and actively discussing some issue. It is worth nothing that public schools officially started on January 7 after about one year of disruption caused by the war that gripped the country; but the situation has not been ideal as not all Libyan school children are back to school as planned. There are some displaced in camps with their families in awful situations and others living in the destroyed cities that saw the most fighting after the liberation of Tripoli while others have their schools turned into refugee camps etc..
So I approached to see what was it that caught the attention of the parents on the notice board outside the school gate. It was an announcement about reduced school hours due to lack of teachers and school books.
The men were causing quite a commission and I overhead some of them saying "what have we gained from this revolution? the first things that has gone out of the window are safety, health and education. It was better in Moammar's era at least things were functioning and schools were organised. He must be laughing at us in his grave and if he could talk would have said I told you so!!!" The guy was obviously very upset because for 3 weeks now schools have been yo yoing back and forth and people are worried about the future of their children. The security situation though not at war is very difficult one with people armed to the teeth and trigger happy. As for health, knowing what health was before you know that now it is a hopeless case so many would sympathise with the sentiments and statements of this individual without necessarily being Gaddaffi fans or remnants of his regime. This is the feeling expressed by ordinary people on the streets after the euphoria of the revolution has subsided, the harsh realities of a post-conflict state are hitting home those most vulnerable among us and making them almost miss Gaddafi who now seems like a 'benevolent dictator'.
If interim government and qualified Libyans do not get a grip on things I'm afraid that the goodwill of Libyans will be lost, the martyr's blood would have gone in vain and we either start a new civil war or will turn into another Khalifate.
Today's post is pessimistic, hopefully next time there will be a more positive outlook !