Parade No 121 Vol 10 December 5th 1942

The narrow ways in fhat pleasantly architected suq, designed in a sort of Apparently emotionless behind that mask of dignity with which Islam invests modern Venetian style, half o f the west, half o f the east, are bright... j(S followers, the coffee-drinkers o f Derna watch conquerors come and go. Enduring as the bougainvillaea festooning the broken walls and arcades of Derna is the native life teeming in the market. The narrow ways in that pleasantly architected suq, designed in a sort of modern Venetian style, half of the west, half of the east, are bright with the same vegetables, slippers, silk stuffs and rugs as they were before the same dusky life moves there, blank- etted or trousered, in an endless, aimless mouch. Men sit round the fountain in the Piazza drinking cof­fee, children wrapped in bundles of bright rags bowl barrels down the narrow,s white-walled streets, zig­zagging frantically, disintegrating dumps like large, looting ants. But outside the market, where goods maybe bought for many lire or a few leaves of tea, there is a greater desolation in Derna than at anytime before since Mussolini first commanded his people to construct for him the pearl of his North Afri--can Empire. There is little more vis­ible damage by bombs than last year, but the town is taking on in parts the aspect of an ancient ruin there are creepers on the broken walls geraniums the size of small trees outgrow of crevices. And to a ruin Derna, not for the first time in its long history of con­quest and reconquest is slowly and surely declining. The strange sight is to be seen of many Libyan Arabs busily removing odds and ends of the devastation from the desolate palace of Graziani up the foot of the es­carpment to their tin-can town. Now and again comes an explo­sion —some Arab has blundered into a booby trap and part of an­other house has been destroyed. The Italians this time evidently did not expect to return. They blew the passes east and west of the town as they had never done before. Blew them so effectively that all motor traffic was at first cutoff from Derna, and an unusual sort of noise prevailed there unmixed with the revving of engines and hooting of BROKEN PEARL OF CYRENAICA The shuttling back and forth across Libya of the armies of Britain and the Axis has made little difference to the civilians, most of them Arabs, living in the coastal towns of Cyrenaica. These "Parade'' pictures show Arab life in the covered markets of Derna To the rhythm of clapping hands and stamping feet, the girl whose portrait is in the top right hand corner of next page goes through the throbbing movements o f a North African Arab dance. She entertains blades of Derna
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