A senior United Nations official is warning that Libya is a ticking time bomb and that life-saving assistance is needed, especially in the western part of the country. Little is known about what is happening in Tripoli, the nation's capital and Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold. To find out, VOA's Carolyn Presutti spoke to two opposition leaders - one in Tripoli, secretly via Skype, the other from Benghazi - as she shows us the daring actions activists take in Tripoli to advance their cause.
Libyan rebel troops, training in Benghazi, brazen enough at night to burn an effigy of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and emboldened by day to protest.
The rebels have such a tight control on Benghazi that they consider it their capital. And their recent capture of Misrata's airport gives them a fresh cache of arms.
But, that is not the case in Tripoli, the nation's capital. There, the government controls the people, the media, the message. These pro-Gadhafi demonstrations and government-led media tours are what the world sees of Tripoli. No opposition activity. Until now.