C.J. Chivers, As In Shivers (Libya Edition)

The hardworking staff is a longtime admirer of New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers, and his report in Sunday’s Times just reinforces that.


MISURATA, Libya — Muftah Militan, a rebel with his wounded right arm in a sling and a two-way radio in his left hand, peered from a rooftop at a low-slung skyline. Occasional gunfire chattered below.

To the right, several blocks away, the bright green flag of the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi fluttered above a building that had been cracked and scarred by fighting. This was a headquarters of the pro-Qaddafi forces besieging this city.

To the left, another tall building, also pockmarked by fire, rose above the neighborhood. “Snipers are there,” Mr. Militan said, unwilling to venture into the open.

Between these buildings runs a long and shattered stretch of Tripoli Street, formerly one of Misurata’s main thoroughfares, now one of its main battlegrounds. The street and the adjacent blocks are a ribbon-shaped wasteland of scattered debris, shattered facades and bloodstains.

Read the rest. Honest.

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1 Response to C.J. Chivers, As In Shivers (Libya Edition)

  1. arafat kazi says:

    What a read, what a lede. I love the gunfire-as-conversation use of the word “chattered,” which is but a consonant away from “shattered.” (I was reading Christopher Ricks earlier today.)

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