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Bombs and bread in Misrata

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Bombs and bread in Misrata


Daily life struggles to go on in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata. While much of the once bustling port’s commercial activity has shut down, some vital services continue, like bakers, where every day people brave flying bullets to wait for bread.

A hard job at the best of times has been made even worse by the added danger, but there are hungry people to serve, even if fuel for the ovens is hard to come by.

“We always lack fuel, but the most disturbing thing is the air strikes. We feel exposed as we are very close to them, exposed to the air strikes, and the shooting,” said the shop’s owner.

Bartering bread for diesel keeps the ovens fired but no-one knows for how much longer the bakery can stay open. It had been closed, but was reopened due to the demand, and as soon as each batch is ready, it flies out of the shop.

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