A shocking video has come to light showing black Africans in Libya, imprisoned in a zoo by the rebels and being forced to eat the old Libyan flag.
The video was published by LiveLeak on 28 February 2012.
The video shows the torturers forcing the group of captive black Africans to stand up with pieces of green flag cloth still in their mouths and apparently making them start jumping. Many people outside the cage are watching the “entertainment”.
According to RT, a voice off-camera in the video screams: “Eat the flag, you dog. Patience you dog, patience. God is Great.”
After the death of Muammar Gaddafi, many migrant workers from neighbouring African states were imprisoned by fighters aligned to the new authorities. They are accused of being mercenaries for the Gaddafi regime.
During the fight to topple Gaddafi last year, African refugees and migrants “became targets of stigma, discrimination and violence,” according to Amnesty International.
According to Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser: “At the beginning of the crisis, there was vastly exaggerated propaganda for which the highest level of the National Transitional Council should take some responsibility because they largely contributed to that unfounded propaganda.”
Many black migrants did manage to flee into neighbouring Mai and Niger. However, more than 5,000 have been detained and face mass execution, revenge killings and beatings, according to Al Jazeera.
Prior to the Libyan uprising, the country hosted approximately one million black African workers. Many of these workers were employed in construction, garbage collection, domestic work and other low-wage jobs.
Human Rights Investigations (HRI) has grave concerns that the Libyan rebels are in the process of ethnic cleansing of the black population of the country, particularly in the city of Tawergha.
Gaddafi was well-known for his tireless work to help and empower the people of Africa. It seems these efforts are now to be forgotten.