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Peace and death on Tripoli Street

Mohamed put down his gun after the rebel victory and went back to his coffee shop. His best friend was killed in the battle for Misrata. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC

 

 

Rebuilding Tripoli Street

As fighting scales down in the Libyan street, the victors are confronting the wreckage of war and the political rebuilding ahead.

CBC's Middle East correspondent, Derek Stoffel took a walk down Tripoli Street in the northwestern city of Misrata, where 350,000 people emerged from cover -- put down their guns and counted the dead.

Derek's dispatch  

 

The charred tank on Tripoli St. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC

...and the black guest workers, who will do the rebuilding

Much of Libya's black African population has gathered in camps. Rebel forces treat anyone with dark skin as a suspected Gadhafi mercenary. Photo/Reuters.

Ghadafi recruited heavily in west Africa and Sudan for his fighters, because they have no other Libyan loyalties.  And as one expert says, "It's hard to get your OWN people, to SHOOT your own people."

But with the war now over, in places like al-Bayda in the northeast, Amnesty reports the execution of 50 African mercenaries, and the lynching of a dark-skinned man just for wearing a police uniform.

In much of Libya, it's dangerous to be black. And journalist Marine Olivesi found hundreds of them cowering in an unlikely hiding place in Zanzur, near Libya's border with Egypt.

Marine's View From Here


The September 15 Dispatches progam

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