The continuing conflict in Libya is impacting the health & welfare of the average Libyan in a way that many people aren't aware of outside of the capital city.
Since the offensive by LNA forces at the beginning of April, Tripoli's sanitation services have been cut-off from the region's main landfill, some 50 km. outside of the city. This has led local authorities to dump the city's rubbish at a makeshift site on the outskirts of the city still under GNA control.
The haphazard nature of the garbage dumping has created a sanitation crisis for nearby residents, who worry about a negative impact on their health. Some locals have described the growing garbage piles as being "higher than passing cars".
While collection & disposal have continued unabated in Tripoli's wealthier neighbourhoods, they have become increasingly less frequent in other parts of the city. This has resulted in many residents dumping their household waste on the streets. The problem has progressed to the point that some people have taken matters into their own hands, standing guard over their homes to ensure no one illegally dumps trash in their vicinity.
While life has continued with less disruption during the current fighting than one might expect in certain areas, the growing garbage crisis is beginning to take its toll. Civilian infrastructure in the capital is growing increasingly strained, and it is only a matter of time before a breakdown.