Children Tawargha

February 17, 2012 by

I bambini di Tawargha

They smile, children Tawargha, while singing in the 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 Libyan, putting into verse their frightening odyssey: the militia of Misurata attacking their homes, the city on fire, the long march on foot to 80 km, and then the new life in these tin sheds , the constant fear of new attacks, the wonder of who discovers overnight which 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 of Misurata attacking us with RPGs? ".

That of Tawarga was the blackest page (and better hidden) the so-called Libyan revolution against Muammar Gaddafi. E 'was written on August 13, but after six months continues to produce aftermath and 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 17 February. Even today no one knows exactly how many were victims - at least a thousand among the dead and missing persons, refugees tell us - 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 serviced by Human Rigths Whatch and Amnesty International : persecution is indeed continue even in refugee camps - in total indifference of the new authorities - and still are reported killings, violence and arbitrary arrests. The last attack of militias of Misrata took place last week, inside the Naval Academy in Tripoli, home to another group of refugees from Tawarga: the budget was 7 dead and fifteen wounded. "It ' right that those who among us is guilty of crimes against the people of Misrata be punished - says the senior who serves as head of the refugee camp - but it is absurd that you want to punish an entire city and its 40 thousand inhabitants. E 'Justice, this? And this is the new Libya? "

In fact, in Tawarga has only uncovered the 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 yet defused thanks to the system of alliances and sinecures which Colonel exercised his power. The rest was its repressive apparatus, sweeping away every dissenso.Oggi, however, political instability and the excessive power of the militias allow hatred to take root, grow and become a very powerful source of identity. Thus emerges a Libya divided among white populations of the coastal strip and black populations of the South, including always There's bad blood and that today may exhibit no qualms mutual prejudices, especially in areas where they are forced to live with. And 'what is happening for example in the oasis of Kufra, between Tubu (blacks) and Zwai (white), with at least fifty dead in recent weeks . Yet both groups have sided with the revolution of February 17 and against the Gaddafi regime. Evidently, the getting rid of the Colonel is not enough to build a new Libya, truly free and democratic.

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