On 7 July 2012, Libyans voted in their first parliamentary election in decades. For many, the thrill of voting matched their desire to return to normal life and begin to rebuild. The general election signified the end of the rocky transition period from dictatorship to democracy.
While civil services and infrastructure are in ruins, hospitals are still operating at capacity and new Libyans are born. Newspapers and radio stations have sprung up to take advantage of the new freedom of press that was unavailable before the oppressive censorship of the Gadhafi regime. Students resume lessons- many taking summer classes to make up for the time lost during the revolution. Before every class the students sing the national anthem some tearing up during the emotional ode to freedom, which was banned for 42 years.
A year after the fall of Tripoli, Libyans have much to celebrate though the future is unclear. Ethnic tensions and regional rivalries dominate the local news and color political debate and decision-making. Security is still a major issue- car bombs, tribal fighting, and attacks on foreigners- pepper the news and hold Libya back from being the country it could be. 2013 promises to be a tough test for the country. I propose to continue documenting this fledgling country, often ignored by the media, throughout it's sucesses and failures as the revolution is not over, but has merely begin.