Children Tawargha

February 17, 2012 by

I bambini di Tawargha

They smile, children Tawargha, while singing in a group, for the few visitors who come to see them in this refugee camp on the outskirts of Tripoli, the ballad of their despair. They converted an old song in Libya, putting them in ways the frightening odyssey of Misrata militiamen attacking their homes, the city on fire, the long march on foot for 80 km, and then the new life in these tin shacks , the constant fear of new attacks, the wonder of who discovers overnight that is the color of their skin to unleash hatred. "Libya was a country only - the song says - from north to south, from east to west. So why those Misrata attack us with RPGs? ".

That's Tawarga was the blackest page (and better concealed) the so-called Libyan Revolution against Muammar Gaddafi. E 'was written on August 13, but at a distance of six months and continues to produce trains to bleed. A textbook case of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the militias (white) of Measured against the population (black) of Tawargha, a town of 40 thousand inhabitants, guilty only of having hosted the 32nd Brigade of Khamis Gaddafi in the long months of the siege in what was the city-martyr of the revolution of February 17. Even today no one knows exactly how many have been the victims - at least a thousand among the dead and missing persons, tell us refugees - but what is certain is that we wanted to cancel this town off the map and that its inhabitants Survivors were forced to flee, probably forever. A nothing but complaints are served by Human Rigths Whatch and Amnesty International : persecution is indeed continue even in refugee camps - in complete disregard of the new authorities - and still are reported killings, arbitrary arrests and violence. The last attack of the militias of Misrata took place last week, within the Naval Academy in Tripoli, home to another group of refugees from Tawarga: the budget was 7 killed and fifteen wounded. 'E' right that those who among us is guilty of crimes against the people of Misurata to be punished - he says the old man who acts as head of the refugee camp - but it is absurd that you want to punish an entire city and its 40 thousand inhabitants. And 'justice, this? And this is the new Libya? "

In fact, it was only uncovered the Tawarga pot of new hatreds that threaten to poison the future of the new Libya. At the time of this hate Gaddafi had been absorbed and defused at the same time thanks to the system of alliances and sinecures which Colonel exercised his power. The rest was its repressive apparatus, which swept away every dissenso.Oggi, however, political instability and the growing power of the militias allow hatred to take root, grow and become a very powerful source of identity. Thus emerges a Libya divided between white populations of the coastal strip and the black population of the South, such as always there is bad blood and now may exhibit no qualms about the mutual prejudices, especially in areas where they are forced to live with. And 'what is happening for example in the oasis of Kufra, between the Tubu (blacks) and Zwai (white), with at least fifty dead in recent weeks . Yet, both groups have sided with the revolution of 17 February and against the Gaddafi regime. Evidently, the getting rid of the Colonel is not a sufficient condition to build a new Libya, truly free and democratic society.

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