Africans workers caught in Libya face a sticky situation, courtesy Gaddafi's foolish labor policy:
First, a Libyan population suspicious of anyone with dark skin after dictator Moammar Gadhafi hired thousands of sub-Saharan Africans as mercenaries. And second, a Tunisian border authority that has been preventing thousands of people, especially black Africans, from crossing.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned on Tuesday that Libya’s western border…is becoming a ”humanitarian disaster,” and specifically warned about the plight of black Africans. ”We are very concerned that a large number of sub-Saharan Africans are not being allowed entry into Tunisia at this point,” said a spokeswoman for the UNHCR….officials from the UNHCR confirmed that sub-Saharan Africans are being singled out for exclusion from the border
Unfortunately this might well turn into bad news for America: Obama sends U.S. aircraft for Libyan airlift by Patricia Zengerle Reuters Thu Mar 3, 2011