Racism in ‘new’ Libya

This 30 August 2011 video is called Mass Murder of Blacks in Libya.

This 4 September 2011 Al Jazeera video says about itself:

Dark skinned people in Libya are stuck in camps and are suffering deteriorating conditions as National Transitional Council forces target them for arrest and do not give them access to vital needs, they say. James Bays reports from one of these camps, where black people say they are essentially stuck without decent food or water.

Translated from the nu.nl site in the Netherlands:

‘Conditions in camps in Tripoli deteriorating’

Last Updated: November 5, 2011 24:40

LONDON – Since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan ex-dictator, a large group of African migrants live in camps around the capital Tripoli.

The living conditions in these camps are beginning to deteriorate, says Hilde Vochten from Doctors Without Borders to NU.nl. According to the Flemish physician, who since September works in four camps around the Libyan capital, the migrants in Tripoli do no longer feel safe anymore.

“Every day, I hear stories how they are attacked on the street or arrested and their passports are taken,” says Vochten. …

Since the fall of Tripoli late August and Gaddafi’s death on October 20, the National Transitional Council (NTC) is in control in Libya, the civil war is over.

All Africans are now considered to be pro-Gaddafi stalwarts, Vochten says. “Even for people who have been living in Tripoli for years and were well integrated, now their lives are no longer sure.”

What needs to happen to them, according to the doctor, is still unclear. “Some want to stay here, others tell me they would rather return to their homeland. But there is no policy. ”

Humanitarian situation

In total, according to Doctors Without Borders, in the four camps around Tripoli there are about 2500 people. This also includes Africans who only recently came to Libya. The largest group of migrants come from Somalia and Nigeria.

The humanitarian situation in the camps, according to Vochten, begins to get worrying. “Fortunately, there are no outbreaks of infectious diseases yet, but we do fear this might happen. In one of the communities a water shortage threatens, others are burdened by large amounts of waste.”

“The big problem is that nobody takes responsibility for the people in the camps,” says Vochten.

TRIPOLI, Nov 5, 2011 (IPS) – Cornered in Free Libya: “Not only do they call us Gaddafists, they hate us for the colour of our skin.” “We’ve walked all the way here to tell everybody that we are being treated like dogs”, said 23-year old Hamuda Bubakar, among a couple of hundred black refugees protesting at Martyrs Square in Tripoli. “I’d rather be killed here. I wouldn’t be the first, or the last”: here.

Many of the fighters that pushed Muammar Qaddafi from power have refused to stand down. Now, some of Libya militias are allegedly stealing and targeting Qaddafi supporters for revenge: here.

16 thoughts on “Racism in ‘new’ Libya

  1. NTC troops rally calls for payment

    Libya: Hundreds of armed militiamen nominally loyal to the new Western-backed regime rallied in Tripoli on Saturday night to demand payment for their efforts.

    The gunmen massed in front of a swanky hotel where NTC oil and finance chief Ali Tarhouni has his office and let loose volleys of gunfire into the air.

    They complained that they hadn’t been paid since they launched an insurgency in March.

    Ahmed Hamaza said: “We need money to buy food for our family ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday as food prices are soaring.”



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