Finally… The UNHCR breaks the silence on murders of blacks in Tripoli

August 27, 2011 — 11 Comments

The UNHCR has finally blown the veil off the racist atrocities being committed by Libyan rebels:

GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has issued a strong call for sub-Saharan Africans to be protected in Libya as reports emerge from Tripoli of people being targeted because of their colour as the city fell to rebel forces.

UNHCR spoke by phone on Friday to one scared African, Ahmed, a Somali who has been living in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and teaching at the university there, since 2007. He has stayed on in the city since anti-government protests in the North African country turned violent in February, leading to all-out war between the Muammar Gaddafi regime and rebel forces.

Ahmed said he did not feel directly threatened. But now, as rebels take over the city, he wants to leave. Since most neighbourhoods in Tripoli fell to rebels earlier this week, sub-Saharan Africans like Ahmed are again being singled out.

“If they see you are African, that you are black, they will target you,” said Ahmed, reached in his home. He said local residents, many of whom are armed, are in the streets, setting up roadblocks. “The situation is very difficult here,” he told UNHCR. “You can’t leave your home even for water.”

As a result, he and other Somalis in the community with whom they are in contact are running out of vital supplies. One group of Somalis was attacked when they tried to leave their apartment in another part of the city, he said, leaving one man injured. “It’s really very desperate.”

Sub-Saharan Africans, especially those from Niger, Chad and Sudan, have been targeted by both sides after it became known that some sub-Saharan Africans had worked as mercenaries for the Gaddafi regime. Many migrants fled to neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia. But several hundred did not.

They are trapped in the capital as, once again, people with black skin are being accused of siding with the dictator. “Anyone who is black, they say they are against them,” said Ahmed, who has family in the United States and a visa awaiting him in Tunis, if he can reach there safely.

The High Commissioner has urged restraint from rebel forces and Libyan civilians. “We have seen at earlier stages in this crisis that such people, Africans especially, can be particularly vulnerable to hostility or acts of vengeance,” he said.

“It is crucial that humanitarian law prevails through these climactic moments and that foreigners – including refugees and migrant workers – are being fully and properly protected from harm,” he stressed.

For more information:

On the ethnic cleansing by the rebels
On the lynching at rebel HQ in Benghazi
On the ethnic cleansing of Tawergha

What has happened to the people of Tawergha? What has happened to the prisoners in the shipping crate? We ask our readers to insist the media cover what is really going on in Tripoli and stop the unforgiveable practice of the media and so-called human rights activists justifying the persecution of black people as “African mercenaries.”

Update 27 August

Kim Sengupta reporting from Tripoli writes:

“Come and see. These are blacks, Africans, hired by Gaddafi, mercenaries,” shouted Ahmed Bin Sabri, lifting the tent flap to show the body of one dead patient, his grey T-shirt stained dark red with blood, the saline pipe running into his arm black with flies. Why had an injured man receiving treatment been executed? Mr Sabri, more a camp follower than a fighter, shrugged. It was seemingly incomprehensible to him that anything wrong had been done.

 

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11 responses to Finally… The UNHCR breaks the silence on murders of blacks in Tripoli

  1. 

    NATO The World Destroyer under UN mandate…
    Saving Civilians With Bombs !
    tells u everything..
    Killing Civilians with Bombs and Destruction of Libya Under Un mandate
    Shameful ..No Honor …No Dignity…
    Killing for control !

  2. 
    Global Peace Libya August 27, 2011 at 09:02

    Mark, not sure if you saw earlier Guerterres interview in which he repeated the lie about Gaddafi having hired “African Mercenaries”

    • 

      Hi GPL – eventually the reality on the ground was undeniable. The media dam has now been broken – see The Independent today – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/vengeance-in-tripoli-rebels-settle-scores-2344671.html
      Most people in the USA and Europe don’t like seeing black people being abused on their TV screens and they are beginning to ask what is going on and why they have been fed a line by the mass media.

      • 

        They are being fed a lie, and were being fed a lie and will continue to be fed a lie by the media, because they allow it. Most people are so busy worrying about self, they do not see or cannot see the bigger picture. Murder is murder!!!
        Qaddafi hired many Africans to work in the oil fields and in the Army. Particularly because of all the work that was needed to be done, and not the population to do so. Many Africans moved/migrated to Libya for the better wages, housing and opportunities they received. Of course they will be loyal to Qaddafi. The rebels have been doing this from the beginning though it is barely, if at all reported. NATO doesn’t care about black folks as they have shown themselves around the world, particularly in Haiti along with the UN forces. These are unreported crimes against humanity. Many of the Africans attempted to flee at the onset of this rebellion. They spoke of the opportunities they received but were now terrified of the Rebels who were killing them. Some attempted to blame it on Qaddafi, but clearly it was these hired thugs who were killing the Africans.

  3. 

    I try to collect as many links as possible about the crimes committed by NATO and the rebels on my blog “oritekia”. We need anti-war demonstrations or we will have soon the next world war.

  4. 

    The Black race genocide time

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