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Africans Huddle at Libyan Border, Abandoned by All

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Black African men, women, and children, immigrant workers in the country lead by the one-time chair of the African Union, Col. Moammar Gaddafi, remain stranded at the airports and docks as boats from China, Turkey, and many other countries retrieve their citizens caught in the current crossfire.

A Nigerian woman with two children pleaded with a reporter: “Sir, I have been in this airport for three weeks, no food to eat, we sleep on the floor everyday waiting for a plane to come and evacuate us. Please beg Nigerian government to come with bigger planes to evacuate us.”

The U.N.’s refugee agency says there are hundreds of thousands of African migrant workers in Libya. Many have been there for years and U.N. officials are worried about their welfare as alarming accounts are received of their treatment.

According to the Campaign for the Rights of Nigerians in Diaspora, some 7,000 Nigerians are awaiting evacuation, aside from those trapped in Benghazi and other cities outside of Tripoli. Some 10,000 Ghanaians are still in Tripoli, after the rescue of some 684 citizens of Ghana, a minister confirmed.

“Right now, Gaddafi is a big danger to Black Africans,” wrote Cameron Duodu, in the online news journal Pambazuka. “Any Black person found in Libya is likely to be given very short shrift by the White-skinned section of the Arab population, which believes that Gaddafi has imported – or is importing – Blacks from Chad, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia and anywhere else that he has followers, to go and fight for him.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese news wire Xinhua, reports that approximately 32,000 Chinese were "whisked" out of Libya with another 3,000 waiting to be airlifted out of the desert in the country's south. While no Chinese have been killed or injured, Chinese business and construction sites are reportedly looted and projects such as a half-finished public housing development worth $2.67 billion have been halted.

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