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What Benghazi’s freedom fighters really want: Burgers

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A supposedly burger-hungry Benghazi Libyan fighter. Photo: Mike Elkin/

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Written in that spirit is this fantastic story about the Libyan fighters in Benghazi, Libya, rock-hard men that have just overthrown a dictator and now are trying to get their country to function again. Are they dangerous? No doubt. What do they want most of all? Fastfood burgers.

Mike Elkin reports:

And there is a decidedly western food craze in Benghazi these days: burgers. When I was there earlier this year, it seemed as easy to find a burger as a shawarma. And the best of these Benghazi’s burgers was at a big-windowed restaurant called al-Shabaab. (…) At Benghazi’s Al-Shabab, people wait up to an hour for a burger. An assembly line of grillers, tomato slicers, and condiment arrangers prepare the large burgers as swarms of men jockey for a space at the counter.

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The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.