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09-28-2011 14:12 BJT Special Report: Libya in Post-Gaddafi Era |

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“Qaddafi used you and then he ran away.” The graffiti on a wall next to a looted grocery store neatly sums up the plight of a small Libyan town whose entire population fled in fear of reprisals by the rebel forces now in power.

The people of Tawarga -- who are mostly black-skinned Libyans -- are accused of having played a major role in the siege by Muammar Qaddafi’s forces of nearby Misrata, the bloodiest event in Libya’s revolution.

Misratans, who say men from the town of around 30,000 people eagerly signed up to kill and rape, like to show mobile phone footage of uniformed Tawargans climbing aboard trucks and chanting that they are ready to take Misrata.

The same images are repeatedly shown on Misrata’s television station, fanning the animosity that many Misratans feel -- and readily express -- towards their departed neighbors.

As Qaddafi forces retreated from Tawarga last month, the town’s residents quickly fled en masse, terrified that their neighbors would take revenge. They sought refuge in Tripoli and Sirte and other cities.

Tawarga is now a ghost town, with goats, donkeys and a few cows wandering streets whose buildings are pockmarked by bullets and rockets. Shops and many homes have been looted, and some have been torched.


Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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