Left Behind and Grieving
Survivors of Libya floods call for accountability
Abdel-Hamid al-Hassadi survived the devastating flooding in eastern Libya but he lost some 90 people from his extended family.
The 23-year-old law graduate rushed upstairs along with his mother and his elder brother, as heavy rains lashed the city of Derna on the evening of Sept. 10. Soon, torrents of water were washing away buildings next to them.
&"We witnessed the magnitude of the catastrophe," al-Hassadi said in a phone interview from Derna, referring to the massive flooding that engulfed his city. "We have seen our neighbors’ dead bodies washing away in the floods."
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