The interview is made to Kasem Fahmi, a 20 year old, born in Spain of Libya descent. Thirty years ago, his parents began a new life here, in Madrid. I know him because we went together to the high school, and has always seemed very interesting to me his point of view on Middle East-related topics. So I think he can provide an interesting point of view on the ‘Arab spring’ due the fact that Kasem lives it more closely.



How would you describe the ‘Arab spring’?

Like a spectacular move that has come out of nowhere and almost miraculous.

What do you think the intention of this movement was?

In principle end the dictatorships that were established and progress towards democracy.

Do you think made (or are on track to achieve) the goal?

I do, but is not finished yet, so I think it will advance to achieve the objective slowly.

For you what has meant this movement?

It was very important, almost like a before and an after in life and the truth is that it has opened to me many doors to the future.

And what do you think is the point of view of young people like you?

It depends, but the vast majority thinks that everything will go to better and gradually settle the objectives of this movement and in the future enjoy more freedoms and opportunities.

Do you think that will improve the situation for young people? (In terms of opportunities)

Yes, I think so. Of course that’s not overnight. But when normalized the current turmoil, I think there will be more work, more opportunities … they open more doors for our future.

How has it affected your country, Libya?

For better and for worse, the things have changed. At first it is no longer a dictatorship established and is on its way to becoming a democratic country. The downside is that there is a lack of control. Always after a revolution of these features establishes a situation of chaos, it will take to normalize. Weapons have been distributed, people have become accustomed to see and experience things they should not see or live …

What has it meant for you and your family?

As a huge accomplishment, because my father (for political reasons) could not come to Libya and now I do. We have more freedoms…

When this new government is seated, do you think someone in your family may be seeking to return to Libya to establish its future?

Yes, there are intentions. What happens is that we’ve lived here long, so what we will do for now is to spend time in both countries. Although who knows the future…

What kind of government do you think will be implemented in Libya after recent events?

A democratic government, for sure, but I don’t know what inclination, at the moment it will be a transitional government with people prepared to devote at first, his efforts to rebuild the country. And as time passes it will go toward seeing what type of government will take.

Finally, do you think that the revolution has had some negative aspect?

Yes, the chaos that has been formed, it is as if he had suddenly been too much freedom, and the people had lost the control… but I think it will be something ocean will be a process slow, of course, but I have faith that in the end the situation normalizes because that is what most matters to us, a stability at the end.

Thank you very much for your time.

You’re welcome!

By: Marta Saguar González


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