Non-tribal youth change their names on Facebook

A Point of View, Libya, Middle East & North Africa, Politics | | February 23, 2011 at 21:12

Demonstrating the trend in consciousness-raising among the youth of Libya, they are going on Facebook and changing their last names which show their tribal affiliation. (al-Gaddafi, al-Obeidi, al-Megrehi etc.) They now choose to be known by the city they hail from or just Libya.

It’s a show of unity. In the first days of freedom, people greeted each other on the street using a last name that said they were Libyan – no tribal affiliation anymore.

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