Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Africans in Libya Fear For Their Lives Amid NATO, Rebel Terror

Africans in Libya fear for lives

Telegraph, UK

African nationals living in Libya say they are being persecuted by anti-Muammar Gaddafi forces hunting mercenaries.

The ousted Libyan leader employed nationals from different Africans nations as part of a special protection force.

Scores of black men were arrested during the battle for the Col Gaddafi stronghold of Abu Salim in Tripoli.

At least 20 black men were found dead outside Col Gaddafi's compound after his forces were pushed out of the premises when Libyan rebels captured Tripoli.

Their hands were tied behind their backs and some of them had been shot in the head.

While some migrants were said to be stranded near a seaside resort, according to media reports, others had fled the city.

On the road south out of Tripoli, about 200 people are hiding in a small encampment made of two small outbuildings shielded by a small wall and a metal door.

Most of them come from Nigeria, some are Ghanaian.

Some of them fled three months ago after the companies they worked for left the country, evacuated their own nationals and drove the rest away from the fighting without any means of returning home.

First it was the fighting that drove them out, now its the fear of being picked up and beaten up.

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