OT - But Near & Dear to Me...
In 2011, the world was barraged with images of Libyans fleeing Gaddafi's repression BUT no one talks about the huge number of refugees created when the Gaddafi regime fell.
The crisis in Mali was created when Tuaregs, who had fought in Gaddafi's Arab Army since the 1970s, fled to Mali & Niger. At least they had a country to return to, even if many of them were born in Libya.
What about the Libyans who supported to Gaddafi who had no ties to other countries? There have been reports of 600k refugees in Tunisia and up to that number in Egypt. There are also regime loyalists in Morocco and Mauritania.
For the first time, in a OP/ED, a British newspaper in Tripoli at least mentioned the Libyan refugee crises. Here's the mention - Upwards of one million Libyan political refugees are estimated to be living in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere. This number accounts for nearly 20 percent of the total Libyan population
, a number which makes it practically impossible for the country to move forward, achieve stability, and remain united if these Libyans in exile are not brought into the fold and convinced they have a stake in the country’s future.
[link to www.libyaherald.com