Violent attacks against sub-Saharan Africans in Libya

International aid agencies are raising concern over the increasing accounts of violence and discrimination in Libya against migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

Migrant in Libya

Migrant in Libya

The agencies say the number of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who have turned up at Libyan borders to escape the violence was minimal and may be an indication many of them are too afraid to leave their homes and make the journey to the border.

Adrian Edwards from the UN Refugee agency UNHCR says a young girl was raped as armed Libyan men demanded at migrants from sub-Saharan Africa leave.

“UNHCR reiterates its call on all parties to recognize the vulnerability of both refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and to take measures to ensure their protection. Yesterday a UNHCR team at the Egypt border interviewed a group of Sudanese who arrived from eastern Libya who said that armed Libyans were going door to door, forcing sub-Saharan Africans to leave. In one instance a 12-year-old Sudanese girl was said to have been raped. They reported that many people had their documents confiscated or destroyed. We heard similar accounts from a group of Chadians who fled Benghazi, Al Bayda and Brega in the past few days.”

UNHCR says there are not enough long haul flights to evacuate migrants especially from Asia and in particular Bangladesh and sub-Saharan Africa.

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