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Benghazi: Business returns, but power shortage remains

08-04-2011 14:45 BJT

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More than half a year since the Libyan opposition took over Benghazi, life there has begun to stabilize. Some stores have reopened but the city is still experiencing a power shortage.

Busy traffic also gives out the sign that the principle city of eastern Libya is starting to get back on its feet again. Playstation Portables and jewelry-- not things you'd expect a war-torn country to be showcasing.

This jewelry shop owner says that even though customers are still fewer than before the war, his supply is running out. And he plans to introduce some new styles from India and Thailand.

This jewelry shop owner says that even though customers are still fewer than before the war, his supply is running out.

But for daily necessities, demand has not changed much. Saleh is the first to re-open his shoe store in Benghazi's largest business area.

Saleh, a shoe shop owner, said, "Business has not changed much since I re-opened it. My customers are usually foreign friends and also Libyans who were frequent visitors prior to the war."

Germany, Italy and Turkey are where Saleh's goods come from. He says the war has not imposed much difficulty for shipping. And in fact the time and cost for customs clearance has been significantly decreased compared to when Gaddafi had control.

But not everything is so bright. The two sides of this street take power in shifts, as the rebel held oilfields have been damaged in the conflict.

And waste is obvious. Hotels are lit brightly even at night where international journalists live, while some residents complain there are only three to five hours of power supply in some remote areas.

But not everything is so bright. The two sides of this street take power in shifts, as the rebel held oilfields have been damaged in the conflict.

Waste is obvious. Hotels are lit brightly even at night where international journalists live, while some residents complain there are only three to five hours of power supply in some remote areas.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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