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19 Sep, 2020 11:45

Head of UN Support Mission to Libya: Foreign interference fuelling ongoing war! (E923)

On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to the head of the UN Support Mission to Libya, Stephanie Turco Williams. She discusses the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the country, which has been in turmoil since the killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, how foreign interference and arms coming in from abroad are fuelling the ongoing war in Libya, the announcement that Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj will resign as prime minister of the Government of National Accord, the need for reconciliation between the GNA and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, the ongoing refugee crisis, and more! Finally, Going Underground’s deputy editor, Charlie Cooke, speaks to Julian Sands, actor in the film ‘The Painted Bird’, which portrays the horrors of World War II through a child’s eyes, who suffers horrific abuse while seeking safety. He discusses the relevance of the film today as millions around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war, the themes of the film, which are relevant to modern-day politics with hostility towards refugees and migrants, the coronavirus crisis and its effect on the film and entertainment industry, and much more!

STATEMENT FROM THE UK Department of Media, Culture and Sport: 

We are working flat out to support our world class performing arts sector through challenging times. Our unprecedented £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund builds on £200 million in emergency public funding and will support organisations of all sizes across the country, including theatres. Indoor performances in front of a socially distanced audience can now take place and we're delighted to hear that, in addition to venues that have already opened such as The Bridge Theatre, Nimax and the National Theatre plan to open their doors again next month. We are continuing to work with the industry on proposals for how full audiences might return.

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