Tuareg men prepare a fire in the Sahara dessert near Ghat.
The Tuareg dominate travel through the extense Sahara dessert in the south west of Libya; many of the smuggling routes cross the dessert and reach the north.
Music is an important aspect of Tuareg culture, and is highly appreciated by the members of the communities not only in Libya but the countries where they have presence.
Men walk through the ancient medina of Ghat once a tourist attraction lays unprotected and has been used occasionally for shelter for migrants and refugees from Ubari, bearing the risk of damage to the ancient site.
A group of Tuareg tribal elders are meeting in the city counsil of Ghat to address different issues of the town and Ubari.
Due to the countries conflict, the isolation, and the economic instability, many of the youth of Ghat are unemployed. Many gather in the streets at night to sit along and hear music.
The main and direct roads to Ubari and Sepah further north of Ghat, has caused a fuel shortage. The black market of fuel has become present in many corners of the city with prices that has risen.
Patrolled by 5 old 4x4 the extensive Algerian-Lybian border has mainly been unprotected by the Libyan side, due to the lack of resources and men.
The houses in the “Chinese company” are unfinished, with no water, electricity or sanitary services working, but many families prefer to stay that return to Ubari.
The “Chinese company” holds a large group of families from Ubari, , Without electricity, running water and other necessities.
Ubari a town in the Fezzan region of Libya, with a Tuareg majority, ha been the place of intense fighting between Tuareg and Tebu tribes, both aligned with opposite governments of the north.
Tuareg forces control the mountain since the fighting began in September 2014.The town is near the Sharara oil field one of the biggest in Libya.
Tendi Mountain is a key position in the fighting for Ubari, it overlooks all the town.
Downtown Ubari has been witnessing urban combat for the control of the town between Tuareg and Tebu fighters.
In Ubari city center houses have become trenches in the frontline of the fighting between Tuareg and Tebu forces, once neighbors, the city is divided by the control of either side.
Campo is one of the neighborhoods of Ubari that is controlled by young tuareg fighters.
Tuareg fighters prepare meals in checkpoint in the outside of Ubari, the roads connecting the town to other main cities have been contested through the 9 month conflict.
Although the conflcit have many political factors influenced by the situation by the two governments in the north, the Tuareg carry within them a strong sense of belonging.
One of the few schools in Ubari has become a medical center. Many injured fighters are treated in the school, and according to the gravity of the wounds transferred to Misrata or Turkey, who backs the Tripoli government.
Tendi Mountain is a vital military post that overlooks Ubari, this key position is guard by Tuareg fighters. The position is constantly under fire.
Night patrols take place in the neighborhood many of the Tuareg fighters come from the poor Campo neighborhood in Ubari. Families still remain in their houses despite occasional fire and shelling.
Tuareg fighters secure Tendi mountain, this key position marks the control of the roads near Sharara oil fields.