KPFA Weekend News, 03.06.2011:
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|Vincent Harris reported that European governments|
collaborated with Gaddafi to prevent migrants from
departing from making their way to Europe from Libya's
long Mediterranean coastline.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Aljazeera English recorded the voice of this Nigerian, who goes by the name of Courage, after he escaped an attack in Libya this week:
Courage: When I was coming from my work, I looked on my back. There were car after me, chasing me. They said I should stop. I can't stop because they were holding cutlass and dangerous weapons with them. I was running for my life. If they had caught me that would have been the end of my life.
|Vincent Harris, Dutch|
creator of the blog Colored
Opinionsand host of Colored
Opinions Great Lakes Blogchat
on Blog Talk Radio.
Vincent Harris: They needed Gaddafi to solve this perceived problem, that Africans were crossing into Europe, from Libya. They worked together to make sure that no Africans go into Europe.
Harris added that North Africans are nevertheless likely to meet more xenophobia than Southern Africans in Europe because Europeans perceive North Africans as Muslims and Black, Southern Africans as Christians. He also reported that on March 3rd, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, urged the European Commission to appeal to EU member nations to help evacuate and offer protection to 4,000 sub-Saharan refugees who are currently trapped in Libya. Harris’s report, “Africans trapped in Gaddafy’s Libya” can be found on sfbayview.com and afrobeatradio.net.
For Pacifica, KPFA and Afrobeat Radio, I'm Ann Garrison.