Monday, 11 April 2011
LIBYA PEACE MISSION UPDATE: DELEGATION ARRIVES IN TRIPOLI, LIBYA
British Civilians for Peace update #2, Mon April 11 2011
British Peace Mission Arrives in Libya; Met By Angry and then Welcoming Refugees in Libya
The Civilians for Peace delegation arrived in Tripoli late last night after crossing the Tunisian land border of Ras Ejder.
There was a moment of panic when the delegations vehicles were attacked with bricks and clubs by a mob of refugee migrant workers who had fled Libya during the fighting and have been temporarily housed in swarming tent villages just inside the Tunisian border. The vehicles retreated to the safety of Tunisian military positions until the migrant workers could be notified that the vehicles contained delegates of a humanitarian mission for peace, whereupon the displaced workers welcomed and actively encouraged the mission on it's way.
The thousands of migrant workers now living in these squalid, makeshift camps are the residual victims in this conflict. Refugees of a war that is not their own, they now find themselves neglected by their countries of origin and pariahs in the desert of no mans land.
As the mission raced to Tripoli it passed through towns such as Zawara and Zawia where the buildings bore the brutal scars of war, shops reduced to rubble and residential buildings sprayed with the familiar polker dot calling card of automatic gunfire. After passing checkpoint after checkpoint manned by heavily armed soldiers the delegation finally made it to Tripoli at just after Midnight.
The African Union mediators, headed by South African President Jacob Zuma, are also in the capital. There seems to be no NATO air strikes during the African Union's mission.
No doubt the delegates dreams will be of peace, for in the morning the real work begins.
[Part of the peace mission delegation leaving Heathrow, London. Sat 09 April. 2011]
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