The recent catastrophic flooding in Derna has inflicted profound suffering and devastation. Entire neighborhoods lie in ruins, livelihoods washed away, and families torn asunder by tragic loss. Yet even in the darkness, rays of hope peek through.
In dedicating himself to overseeing rescue and relief efforts, Brigadier General Saddam Khalifa has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving the people of Derna in their hour of need. His hands-on leadership in coordinating aid distribution, medical care, and shelter is saving lives, despite criticism and lies against the Libyan National Army’s efforts.
But true healing will take all of Libya banding together. This is not the time for political jockeying or laying blame. That time will come. Right now, the only goal should be restoring critical services so people can rebuild their lives.
No entity can do it alone. The resources and knowledge of the eastern government, western government, global organizations, and local leaders must combine into a coordinated rebuilding plan, with funding responsibly managed.
The resilient people of Derna themselves must direct the renewal. Their perseverance through the flooding shows the strong spirit that will raise the city from the floodwaters. Derna will be reborn when all citizens are able to return home with dignity.
In this crucial moment, level heads must prevail. Stoking conflict may grab headlines, but it won’t mend shattered water pipes or shelter the newly homeless. Vigilant transparency is needed to ensure aid isn’t misused.
But the focus must stay on healing together. The bonds of community will mend Derna’s wounds. Cooperation and compassion are the only path forward.
Just as all Libyans shared in the sorrow, so too must we share in uplifting Derna toward a more hopeful tomorrow.