Libyan Circassians gather for their first congress in the city of Misrata


Libya's Circassians gathered on Nov. 24 in the city of Misrata, in one of the city quarter known as the Circassian quarter, for their annual general meeting on the theme of "And cooperate in righteousness and piety," - ajanskafkas reports. 

The Libyan Circassians are descendants of the Egyptian Circassian Mamluks who were forced to immigrate to Libya in 1811 due to the anti-Circassian policy of Mehmet Ali Pasha, the Turkish governor of Egypt. 

The congress, backed by prominent businessmen, discussed topics such as strengthening ties of kinship and acquaintances among Libyan Circassians, the establishment of NGOs in the coming days, and financial support for the Circassian community. Sports and cultural activities were also part of the event.

The participants took a decision on cooperation among all Circassians in Libya and issued an agreed document containing principles and methods for strengthening the unity of the Circassian community in Libya.

The number of Circassians in Libya is estimated at more than 200,000. Most of them live in the cities of Missrata, Benghazi and Tripoli.