2500 Somalis Stranded in Tripoli – Too Fearful to Flee

From IRIN:  “Some 2,500 Somali migrants in the Libyan capital Tripoli, under the control of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, are holed up in the violence-affected city and unsure what to do, say Somali migrants there. ‘We have not left our house in the last 12 days. If we go out we are liable to be attacked,’ one of the Somalis, Mohamed Aweys, told IRIN by phone from Tripoli. ‘A friend who went out on 1 March to get some supplies has not returned. We have not seen or heard of him since; his mobile is switched off.’ … Another 500 in the rebel-held city of Benghazi, Aweys said, had been targeted as suspected pro-Gaddafi mercenaries. ‘We spoke to some of them on the phone in Benghazi and they are hiding in their homes.’ … Asked if they would try and reach the Egyptian or Tunisian border, like other foreign nationals, Ahmed said: ‘We are afraid we will get killed before we reach any border.’…”

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