Tuesday, 8 March 2011

More worrying news from Libya

I'm trying not to comment too much on the situation in North Africa because, frankly, it is very far away and I don't know much about it, but this is particularly worrying: Reuters is reporting that black migrants escaping Libya claim Gaddafi's soldiers forcibly conscripted them into military training. According to their reports, an army of African captive-soldiers is presently being trained to fight Gaddafi's war: cannon-fodder in Libya's civil conflict. Rumours of mercenaries from African countries have resulted in attacks on anyone black. Tens of thousands of black people are fleeing the fighting and persecution, reportedly by both sides - one side forcing them to fight, the other side attacking them as mercenaries. Lots of rumours, lots of talk, lots of fear and no mention yet of the racial tensions that abound in the region (see Sudan for example). I don't know what the answer is, I don't know what the international community should do, but I do think the AU should grow a pair and at least speak out against the abuse of the citizens of so many African countries simply on the grounds that they are black and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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