Most of them, fearing being shot at the back, followed orders to shoot
at civilans. They should have shot at their captors at the earliest
opportunities or die in honour. Most of them, however, have chosen the
path of least resistance, i.e. kill civilians or rebels. In the end,
many died this way as unwilling soldiers. The worst is that the
foreigners' reputation is tainted. They are hated everywhere. If they
had chosen the path of honour, instead of money, they would have been
respected by all parties and left alone, although many would have died
to prove this point. Better die in honour. If you take money you still
die anyway finally, but this time without honour.
Similarly in Malaysia, especially Sabah. The Filipino migrants are
given temporary Identification Cards in order to vote for the ruling
government. This is called the phantom voters' phenomenom. It can
easily be proven by the more than 100% voting in critical areas, or
the more than 90% voting in Trengganu which is rich in oil revenue but
certainly not benefiting the Trengganu residents, because Trengganu is
the 2nd poorest after Sabah.
Given ICs and voting booth in secret, instead of voting with honour,
they have chosen to be corrupted by the money that are supposed to be
given to them. This made the opposition parties angry and target these
foreigners for their evil deeds. There are rumors that locals had
killed many of them, If they have voted in honour, instead of
succumbing to corruption, they would have been respected by all and
escape all the hatred and intimidation. The ruling party will not
intimidate them any more and opposition parties will respect them as
well. Some may be intimiated by being deported etc, but even after
voting for the ruling parties, many are still deported also. Doesn't
it sound similar to Libya?
It may be just voting in Malaysia, but will generate to fighting if
this goes on. If fighter were to erupt in Malaysia, the ruling party
will resort to the same tactics as Libya.
Africans say Libyan troops try to make them fight
* Africans threatened then told fighting is best option
* Some said to have agreed to take up guns for Gaddafi
* Robbery and intimidation make flight a high risk
By Douglas Hamilton
RAS JDIR CAMP, Tunisia, March 7 (Reuters) - Libyan troops loyal to
Muammar Gaddafi are rounding up black African migrants to force them
to fight anti-Gaddafi rebels, young African men who fled to Tunisia
said on Monday.
In separate accounts at this refugee camp, they said they were raided
in their homes by soldiers, beaten and robbed of their savings and
identity papers, then detained and finally offered money to take up
arms for the state.
Those who refused were told they would never leave, said Fergo
Fevomoye, a 23-year-old who crossed the border on Sunday.
"They will give you a gun and train you like a soldier. Then you fight
the war of Libya. As I am talking to you now there is many blacks in
training who say they are going to fight this war. They have prized
(paid) them with lots of money.
He said Africans who are first intimidated and stripped of everything
were then offered 250 Libyan dinars ($200) to train as fighters.
"They said I should take money and fight. They would give me 250
dinars. I said No. When I told them No they told me I would not go
anywhere," he told Reuters.
The Libyan governemnt has denied using foreign nationals to fight the
rebels, saying instead that dark-skinned Libyans serving in its
security forces had been mistaken for African mercenaries.
When protests against Gaddafi's government led to violence three weeks
ago, rebels spread reports that the Libyan leader had brought in
African mercenaries from such states as Chad and Zimbabwe.
But the suggestion that trained, uniformed troops were being flown in
to help suppress the revolt has not been proven.
The accounts now emerging of how some black migrants are successfully
being forced into taking up arms for the Libyan state may be one
explanation of these reports of black fighters.
Whatever the truth, Nigerian and Ghanians in this transit camp all say
they were suddenly very afraid to show their faces in the cities of
western Libya where they worked, in case they were taken for
mercenaries or dragooned by government troops.
Obinna Obielu, an electrician who had worked in Libya for 12 years and
said he had saved 10,000 dollars, escaped with his two friends and
their wives and two babies in an old Land Cruiser.
Obielu said the main road from Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of
Tripoli was too dangerous, and he had driven through the bush close to
"I go off, because it is not a good road. Because they are attacking
people and sending them back to go and fight in the war," he said.
"The car is left back there."
Daniel Chibuzor and Tijanx Sadiki also recounted how they were raided
and robbed at home and left with no papers and no money for food,
terrified of appearing on the streets, before they decided to risk
travelling west to Tunisia.
A baby daughter, Ability, and infant son, Miracle, travelled with the
group. Ability needed treatment at the Tunisian Army's mobile hospital
for tear-gas inhalation.
Nigerian Ike Emanuel, who made it to the safety of Tunisian territory
last week after burying his six-month-old baby in the desert, said he
had talked to many of the latest arrivals among his countrymen and
heard the same theme: Africans were being trapped and forced to either
fight or flee.
Over 105,000 migrant workers have fled from Libya into Tunisia in the
past 10 days, most of them Egyptians but also including some 20,000
Bangladeshis. The Egyptians have since been reptriated by airlift,
after making angry protests about the Cairo government's alleged
The Bangladeshis and thousands of west Africans remain in the United
Nations refugee agency's transit camp, which is being prepared for a
possible influx of refugees the agency fears may be trapped inside
Libya but desperate to escape.
Fergo Fevomoye said it was a sympathetic Libyan policeman who
eventually helped him escape, "because if not I am going to stay here
20 years, I am going to die here". (Editing by Angus MacSwan)