RAT LIBYA NEWS:
BEWARE of forged 20 DINAR bills circulating !!!
(the new 2013 ’20-Dinar’ note LIBYAN)
Please beware of these counterfeit currency circulating in the market ten Libyan dinars category:
Human Rights Watch advises all countries to grant the right of Libyans temporary refuge
at least, as requiring States from stopping the imigration of
‘Libyans being forced to leave Libya’ at this difficult time;
because of the unstable security situation in the country.
Arrested 10 terrorist Libyans in Ras Worthy, by Tunisian security.
an armed convoy went to Brigades militia affiliated
to the ‘Dawn Libya’ of Sowhailli, from Misrata, to RAS WORTHY head gate.
Forces for ‘Roma Libya’ are moving from ‘visitors’ and are heading to Zaltan trend at RAS Worthy.
PICTURE: Abdul-Rahman Sowhailli of MISURATA:
RAS JEDIR / RAS IGDIR:
Brotherhood Militias in Ras Jedir crossing are tearing
the passports of citizens of Beautiful City and Ajeelat areas !!
Please pay attention and caution.
(“Knight and Men”)
JANZOUR TAWERGHA CAMP:
Tripoli – Airport Road camp for the displaced residents of Thorghae:
Injury Sheikh Omar Abdullah spring in his leg, destruction and injuries suffered by the people of the camp by the attack, which conscripts who by his Brotherhood gunmen stormed the camp and show releases lead and plentiful at the door of a room in one of the incisors.
Closed wanted to storm amid the screams of families cutter.
God is enough and yes, the agent (SATAN).
(“Knight and Men”)
Nawasi militia are killing the policeman, Bmntfah Hani,
of ‘just’ SADAK Gharyiani, after raiding his home.
GREEN NAFUSA WESTERN MOUNTAINS:
Full withdrawal of militias ‘Libya Roma’ from al-Azizia; and they go to Sabratha and Dahmani angle (TRIPOLI), trying to repel the Army tribal forces which came after the withdrawal of all the mechanics of Misratah.
Strong hit in the center of the quarries between South Azizia and Rishvana.
Citing ‘satellite channel Dardanelles | Aldardanel TV’: Armed clashes in the areas of
Hlgodh and quarries in Rishvana between tribal forces and militias ‘Dawn Libya,
Armed clashes in the quarries in the area of Rishvana between Tribal forces and the Brotherhood militias ‘Fjir Libya’.
and power outages in the area around the region.
“Black Libyan resistance”, reports:
These are the actions of ‘gangs Brotherhood of MISURATA’ upon
‘Zahra Hospital’ in Rishvana.
(* Militant Arabism *)
Violent clashes between tribal forces and militias “Roma Libya” areas
of the far south of the city of Surman.
SABRATHA / AJEELAT:
Renewed bombardment aviation war on stationing armed vehicles belonging to
the ‘Roma Libya‘ site “perimeter Radio Aloetem southern city of Sabratha”,
and provide for tribal forces southeast of Ajeelat.
Today was buried 3 dead militias of Sabratha they
_1 Hussein key Krnav
_2 Osama Emhemed Abodbus
_3 Osman Samida Gharabli
Fallout 3 dead, 7 wounded militias Roma Libya clashes in South of Sabratha
with tribal forces.
LIBYAN airforce Warplanes Al-Gcef for the fourth time locations for ‘militias Roma Libya’ southeast of the city Ajeelat, and hearing voices Anti-aviation in an attempt by the militia to overthrow the warplanes.
Armed convoy of cars consists of more than 25 cars from ‘Misurata Brotherhood Militias’
and angled passes from the city of Sabratha, on the coastal road heading towards South Ajeelat.
al-Rjaaaaaaae taken it cautious:
A convoy of Kharijites mechanisms likely they from MISURATA, went west passed through
the city of Sabratha and their Srmanu number about 40 armed mechanisms.
(“Knight and Men”)
Zuwarah city almost depopulated after fleeing families to to Tunisia.
illegal immigrants are recruited into DAASH terrorists ranks at ZUWARAH PORT:
‘Melcaat of Zuwarah’ calculated ‘Melcaat Roma Pippa’ to recruit to their troop numbers,
illegal immigration groups in Mdahirh today.
Was released today, 3 prisoners of Zliten, sons Cano Air Force Academy,
detainees of the jails of the terrorist militias of Misurata.
Praise be to God for their safety and the consequence for the rest of the prisoners.
(* Militant Arabism *)
Killing teacher “Reza Sheikh” in clashes between armed Brotherhood militias city center,
according to what was stated, that due to financial disputes between them,
one of the militias belonging to this topic.
More than 700 cars armed militias affiliated to the Misurata in the case of redeployment outside the city and fear of exposure to the bombing after warnings by Air Force bombed the locations of these terrorist militias.
SHIPLOAD OF TURKISH POISON MUSTARD GAS ARRIVES IN MISURATA;
and THE USE OF PRISONERS AS HUMAN SHIELDS:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaajl: Haaaam ..
Hello There are confirmed from within the city of Misrata Information that
they have grabbed all prisoners been transferred from the prison in the city, to be used as human shields, from yesterday; and transferred to the Air Force Academy.
There is also now the arrival of the shipment of
Mustard gas and shipment of phosphorus, to the Air Force Academy college.
and even Istkhaddmo all to be readily used by the Misurati people and take
From prison, as human shields, because of the threat of Libyan ASirforce Commander Saqr Jeroshi.
For civilian Misurata been observed Alata 1_vriqh coming from Turkish country.
Joint movement from prison to the Air Force Academy from yesterday
There 2_ news stopped the study of the Day 12_15 and I hope the news posted widely.
On a larger scale even knows: Why do Misurata Crown knows that from
Inside Misurata, under their eyes, and they know all the movement they do ..
(“Resistor son Zliten”)
The RAT ‘armor mechanisms’ trace Brotherhood’s “Central shield” withdrawing from the south to the city of Misurata:
LIBYAN Airforce of the Army and military orders and discipline and figures ..
To the image coming to Aamilo in roquia aircraft and pilots.
LIBYAN AIR-FORCE bombing in the area Nofaliya
Aeka in the eastern region 130 kilometers east of Sirte.
Dozens injured elements of Tnzim al-Hhadh,
at Ibn Sina hospital after the bombing of Air camps on the area of Nofaliya.
The arrival of a number of RAT wounded and dead now to Sirte’s Ibn Sina Hospital, after being exposed to aerial bombardment of area Nofaliya.
heard explosions and shooting with medium weapons
Unidentified shoot immobilization when Maqrif Hospital
led to the fall of a member of al-Astaiagaf .. !!
Tahir Oraibi threw a 2 homemade bomb (Gelatinah) on the security al-Astaagaf point at the junction of facilities accidentally to Benghazi, before the electricity company; and has prosecuted and is now caught in the buildings, and two people were injured from the Department for help injured.
Was arrested ‘Tahir Oraibi’, after he blew two Gelatinah, immobilizing Bmuftriq
and Benghazi Street, in front of the electricity company.
” ﻋﻠﻲ ﺍﻟﺰﺍﻳﺪﻱ ”
The assassination of Sheikh ‘Ali al-Zaidi’
shot by DAASH hired Kharijite assailants in front of Al-Nour mosque
set out in the city of Benghazi.
Demolition of the house of ‘Ahmed Magbari’, of the RAT ‘Leadership Council of the Rebels’, in the Benghazi housing area.
Grad rockets fall on a residential building in Benghazi.
Armed clashes behind the dairy factory in the area of Boatni.
SOUSSE, TOBRUK, TOKRH / PRECISE, DERNA & THE TUBER:
LIBYAN AIR-FORCE Warplanes bombed sites for ‘supporters of evil’,
in the city of Derna.
PHOTO: MILITANT WOMEN of “ANSAR al-SHARIA”
Libya: WAHABI Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents
27 nov. 2014
Derna’s ‘Islamic Youth Shura Council’ that pledged allegiance to DAASH /IS, drive along a road in eastern Libya on 03 October 2014.
© 2014 Reuters
Summary Executions, Public Floggings, No Rule of Law
(Beirut) – Armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summaryexecutions, public floggings, and other violent abuse. The abuses are taking place in the absence of state authorities and the rule of law. The groups include some that have affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State (also known as DAASH).
Human Rights Watch documented 3 apparent summary executions and at least 10 public floggings by the Islamic Youth Shura Council, an extremist group which publicly pledged allegiance to DAASH in November. Human Rights Watch also documented beheadings of three Derna residents in what appear to be war crimes, and dozens of seemingly politically motivated assassinations of public officials, judges and members of the security forces, and others, including women.
“Extremist WAHABI-militias controlling Derna in the absence of any state authorities have unleashed a reign of terror against its inhabitants,” said Sarah Leah Whitson,
Middle East and North Africa director.
“Commanders should understand that they may face domestic or international prosecution for the grave rights abuses their forces are committing.”
Since May, an armed conflict between forces allied with the elected Libyan government based in Tobruk and led by General Khalifa Hftar, and WAHABI militias has engulfed eastern Libya. In and around Derna, in addition to the powerful Islamic Shura Youth Council, the militias include members of Ansar al-Sharia and the Abu Saleem Martyrs Brigade.
Human Rights Watch spoke with Derna residents who fled the city to escape persecution by WAHABI militias and in anticipation of an announced Army military offensive by forces allied to Libya’s elected government. One Derna activist, who said he left the city at the end of October after receiving death threats for speaking out against the militias, described Derna as “fully under the control of fundamentalists” who have imposed an extremist ideology, and enforced a WAHABI interpretation of Sharia law with public executions and floggings. He said extremist militias shared the same ideology and the only dispute between them related to the Islamic Youth Shura Council’s pledge of allegiance to DAASH /ISIS.
The United Nations should urgently establish an international commission of inquiry or similar mechanisms to investigate alleged war crimes and other serious violations with a view to ensuring future ACCOUNTABILITY, Human Rights Watch said.
Derna has had no significant presence of state authorities, including police and a functioning judiciary, since the end of the 2011 Geharr WAHABI-terrorist ‘revolution’ in Libya that toppled the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA.
Since 2013, unidentified assailants in Derna have assassinated at least five judges and prosecutors, and two women – a former lawmaker and a former security official. Unidentified armed militias have also attacked and destroyed tombs in mosques, including Derna’s historic al-Sahaba Mosque, which extremists have repeatedly targeted since 2011.
The Libyan air force, allied with the elected government, has conducted air strikes against militia targets in Derna, Benghazi, and elsewhere, while the militias have mounted purported suicide and other attacks in Tobruk, al-Baida, and Benghazi.
NOTE (in red print here) correctly ADDED BY Mohammed al-Fateh:
(Adding in these war crimes they should add NATO’s crimes when they were bombing indiscriminate attacks all over the country killing over 100 000 civilians including children).
All parties to the conflict in Libya are required to abide by the laws of war. Certain serious violations of these laws, when committed with criminal intent, are war crimes. War crimes include “the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all judicial guarantees which are generally recognized as indispensable.” Murder on a systematic or widespread scale when used as state policy or by an organized group is a crime against humanity.
Those who commit, order, assist, or have command responsibility for war crimes or crimes against humanity are subject to prosecution by domestic courts or the International Criminal Court (ICC). ****(Well ICC should take in account that the war crimes committed in Libya now are the result of F.U.K.US and NATO who they should also be charged for their illegal intervention killing thousands, murdering the leader of the country, using Depleted uranium, destroying the infrastructure of Libya, bombing hospitals killing injured people by the thousands.
Using cluster bombs which are forbidden by international law but they used them anyway killing thousand of people. Bombing Sirte for over two weeks and not allowing the Red Cross to enter to give food, medicine and whatever else was needed. The list is too long to write but if ICC decides to charge for war Crimes first in the list should be OBAMA, CLINTON, McCain, SUSAN RICE, CAMERON, HAGUE, SARKOZY, BERNARD LEVI, Ki Moon of the UN, ERDOGAN OF TURKEY, THE HOUSE OF SAUDI last but not the least HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI of Qatar and of course lets not forget NATO COUNTRIES WHO BOMBED LIBYA TOGETHER WITH THE CHIEF AT THE TIME ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN. Then the ICC can charge for war crimes that the Libyans did to each other.)
The Libyan authorities have shown themselves powerless or unwilling to investigate and prosecute those responsible for unlawful killings and other serious rights abuses in the country. International ACCOUNTABILITY efforts for serious crimes have stalled despite an existing ICC mandate in Libya and a UN Security Council resolution threatening individual sanctions. The UN Human Rights Council ended the mandate of its commission of inquiry into violations in Libya in 2012.
“UN Security Council threats of sanctions become hollow if they are never acted upon,” Whitson said. “As each day passes, more people die and more opportunities to
reverse Libya’s downward spiral are being frittered away.”
Security Council and ICC
The ICC has jurisdiction over
Attacks, Abuses in Derna
Human Rights Watch spoke with Derna residents who witnessed militia members carrying out cruel punishments, including summary executions and floggings. Human Rights Watch also spoke with family members and friends of victims, and community activists, and reviewed available online content, including videos, photos, and statements.
An activist who recently fled Derna told Human Rights Watch on 13 November 2014, that the Islamic Youth Shura Council emerged in April, gradually took control of the city and created its own public administration to rule Derna. The group, which rejects democracy and only accepts Sharia law, established a Legal Committee for Dispute Resolution and Reconciliation and appointed judges to a new Islamic court who have interrogated, prosecuted, and pronounced sentence on those deemed to have offended against their strict interpretation of Sharia law. Information the Islamic Youth Shura Council published says it has also set up a body called theDiwan al-Hisbah to oversee the “promotion of virtue and prevention of vice,” as well as a bureau for education and its own “Islamic police” force. Derna residents told Human Rights Watch that some of the judges at the Islamic Court were foreign nationals.
Derna residents said they witnessedmilitants of the Islamic Shura Youth Council carry out public executions of three men accused of murder in two separate incidents.On 27 July, militants of the group shot Al-Sanussi Nasri al-Huweidi, a Libyan, and an unidentified Egyptian national, for the alleged killing of Hamad Miloud al-Hassadi on 25 July. According to a witness, the family of the victim handed the two alleged killers to the Islamic Shura Youth Council, which interrogated and declared them guilty on the same day.
One witness said armed men belonging to the group took the two accused to Martyrs place at al-Sahaba Square at around 1:30 a.m., where a member of the group shot both the accused in the head, one with a single bullet and the other with two, after the victim’s family declined to shoot them:
The Shura Council, which now became DAASH / IS, hardly waited at all before executing the suspects. It all happened so fast within just two days. The sessions at the Islamic Court where people are interrogated and sentenced by a panel of three judges are not public. Usually, the court announces if it will carry out a death sentence beforehand. In this case the family of the victims refused to pardon the suspect, so the court carried out the sentence.
On 19 August , the Islamic Shura Youth Council oversaw the public execution of Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, an Egyptian national, at a football stadium in western Derna, after accusing him of killing Khalid al-Drissi, a Libyan. In a six-minute video posted online, an unidentifiable masked man reads charges against the accused man, who is kneeling, blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back, on a plastic covered stretcher. The masked man first asks members of the victim’s family if they wish to pardon the alleged murderer and, when they refuse, hands a pistol to one of the family members, who shoots the accused man in the head, killing him.
A Derna resident told Human Rights Watch on 18 November that he witnessed the public floggings of eight young men in Derna’s Old Mosque Square on 25 or 26 October. He said two masked men alternate in flogging the men:
Masked men from the Shura Council lined up eight young men at al-Sahaba Square and punished each with 40 whips after they were caught drinking alcoholic beverages at a “bachelor party”together with the groom. The council member starts by whipping the shoulders and then continues all the way down to the feet, 40 lashes. If an individual is caught drinking alcohol, they [Shura Council] will implement the “whipping punishment” [had al-Jald] on the spot.
Photographs and ACCOUNTS published by the Islamic Shura Youth Council on social media show two other public floggings in front of the Islamic Court. On each occasion, three men were flogged for allegedly drinking alcohol. Human Rights Watch was able to corroborate the floggings but not the dates on which they took place.
Human Rights Watch has tracked 250 cases of apparently politically motivated killings inDerna and Benghazi since the beginning of 2014. Thevictims included former and current members of the military and security agencies, as well as five judges and members of the public prosecution. In all cases, the killings were carried out by unidentified assailants. None of these unlawful killings have been investigated, and no one has been prosecuted or convicted for these crimes.
Mohamed Najib Hweidi, head of the appeals court for the Green Mountain region, was assassinated on 16 June 2013; Mohamed Khalifah al-Naas, deputy general prosecutor for the Green Mountain region was killed on 09 November 2013; Retired judge Youssef al-Kreimi died in Tunis on 24 December 2013 from wounds he sustained during an assassination attempt on 25 November 2013 in Derna; Abdelaziz al-Hassadi, Libya’s former general prosecutor, was assassinated on 08 February 2014; and former judge Mohamed Bouejeilah al-Mansouri was killed on 28 April 2014.
Unidentified assailants also targeted and killed two women, Fariha al-Barkawi and Salwa Yunis al-Hinaid, in 2014 in Derna in what appears to have been politically motivated assassinations. Two Derna residents, one an activist, said that the shooting death of a third woman in February only weeks after the killing of her husband, a former army officer, was not linked to politics but to a family dispute.
Unidentified assailants killed al-Barkawi, a former Derna city representative to the General National Congress (GNC), and a member of the National Forces Alliance, a political party with a non-Islamist agenda on 17 July. One of her relatives in Derna, who spoke to Human Rights Watch on 19 November, said al-Barkawi’s killing occurred five months after she resigned from the GNC, where she had called vocally for the presence of state authorities in Derna and criticized the WAHABI extremists. The relative said:
She was on her way to a market in western Shiha area to do some shopping for the month of Ramadan when she was killed by three bullets after her car was sprayed with a hail of bullets by a passing car with unidentified assailants. Although some passers-by tried to help her, it was too late. She died before she reached Al-Harish Hospital. There is no forensics examiner in Derna, so she was transferred to al-Bayda, which is 100 kilometers away and back the next day to be buried. The prosecutor’s offices are shut and the court was burned down early in 2011, during the revolution. There is no one who can investigate the killing.
Unidentified assailants gunned down al-Hinaid, a former employee of the state’s internal security apparatus under the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, on 09 September 2014. A relative told Human Rights Watch on 19 November that gunmen killed al-Hinaid at around 8 a.m. as she left her house to buy bread, a regular routine. Several bullets hit her, and she died on the spot. No one has claimed responsibility.
Kidnappings and Beheadings
On 01 November , a video statement by a group of nine masked young men, some of them armed, calling themselves Youth of Derna circulated on the social media. The statement pledged allegiance to the ‘Dignity military operation’ led by General Hftar, who had been reinstated with 16 other officers in November by the elected government, and recognized the authority of the elected MAJLIS al-NUWSAAB (House of Representatives) in Tobruk.
The group called on revolutionaries to take up arms and fight the “extremist militias in Derna including Ansar al-Sharia and DAASH / ISIS,” and threatened to avenge unlawful killings and other rights abuses of the preceding three years that they alleged the “’Muslim’ Brotherhood and extremist militias” had carried out, vowing to “show no mercy.”
The members of the group remain unidentified but they appear to have included at least one of three young men – Siraj Katish, Mohamed Btaou, and Mohamed al-Mismari – who were subsequently abducted in separate but seemingly coordinated incidents on November 5 in Derna. Their bodies were subsequently found in fields at Hisha, southern Derna. All three had been decapitated.
Derna residents identified al-Mismari as the likely spokesperson who appeared in the video, but Human Rights Watch was unable to confirm the identities of any of the nine youths. Derna residents said al-Mismari had spoken out against the WAHABI militias in a June interview but that Katish and Btaou had no known public profiles as activists.
A Derna resident told Human Rights Watch on 21 November ,that, unidentified armed men who arrived in three cars abducted Katish on 05 November as he stood in front of his house with three friends. A Derna resident familiar with the case told Human Rights Watch that on November 10 a shepherd alerted the Derna branch of the Red Crescent after finding the remains of two men, whose heads had been severed and were missing. The bodies were later identified by their families as those of Katish and Btaou. al-Mismari’s was then found in an adjacent field; his head had also been severed, according to a news report. Human Rights Watch could not confirm the circumstances surrounding the abduction and killing of al-Mismari.
No one has claimed responsibility for these abductions and killings,although local residents have told Human Rights Watch they believe WAHABI militants were responsible. One Derna resident who knew Katish said, “The WAHABI-extremists who pledged allegiance to DAASH / ISIS are de facto in control of the entire city, they are now the strongest group there and they control everything, so they are undoubtedly responsible for the beheadings.”
In another incident, gunmen killed Moataz Bouruaq al-Shalwi near his house on 13 November, according to a Derna resident who lives close by. Soon after, news circulated that militants of the ‘Islamic Youth Shura Council’ had detained three people alleged to have killed al-Shalwi. Activists and news sites suggested that they faced imminent execution by shooting if the victim’s family desired it. There has been no news of the three since.
A 28 May news report said that the severed head of Abdul Moaz Turkawi, a Derna student who had previously challenged militia manning a checkpoint, was found in the compound of the city’s Al-Sahaba Mosque.
The Army Battalion 71, arrests
3 terrorists from Yemen belonging to the organization of Daash in Derna.
Reject stand at the gate and have been arrested and are being al-Thakev them.
Arms and al-Dkhirh farm slip yesterday was transferred today
to the nearby airport of Hun old farm Aekhi –
OUR FRIENDS THE TUAREGS – RAPED BY FRANCE’S GREED FOR URANIUM
AND VICTIMS OF THE WEST’S FALSE FLAG 2013 WAR ON MALI: ARMY TOLD TO “LEAVE AL-QAEDA ALONE”
BY LADY KHAMIS
France tested its first nuclear bomb on the land of the Tuareg people in the Sahara Desert in 1960 – it was four times more powerful than the one America had inflicted on Hiroshima…
It was also in 1960 that Niger and Mali both became independent countries from their colonial master – but, in truth, France never did let go. It has cruelly continued to use Niger and Mali – both containing the Tuaregs unofficially recognised homeland of Azawad – as their playgrounds ever since.
Al-Jazeera UK has done a largely excellent three-part series titled ‘The Orphans of the Sahara’. Its three one-hour programmes tell the harrowing suffering of the Tuareg people of North Africa following the removal of Muammar al-Qathafi and the destruction of the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA.
They show the brutal life that France has inflicted upon these people – in Niger, by stealing the wealth of the rich uranium mines for themselves, and in Mali, where an army general startling reveals how the government told the army to “leave al-Qaeda alone”… The war of ‘intervention’ by the West in 2013 was just another false flag operation.
(Despite some anti-al-Qathafi propaganda from the ‘al-Jazeera documentary makers’), the films tell the story of how much the Tuaregs miss al-Qathafi, and how life has changed for them now that he can no longer protect them – they have the lowest quality of life of any people on earth.
The Tuaregs are the indigenous people of the world’s largest desert – the Sahara. Their land of Azawad was divided by colonial history. al-Qathafi opened up his borders to them so that the herds of these pastoral people could flourish in Libya.
After Nato’s destruction of Libya in 2011, an act in which France played a huge part, a quarter of a million Tuareg workers and fighters were forced to leave the country and return to Niger – the poorest country on the planet.
They had been arrested, tortured and robbed of their money by Libyan rebels – and thrown out of their adopted home of Libya. They are now homeless and penniless. With no passports or papers, some risk their lives trying to return to the rebel-held country.
One brigade leader tells how most of his fighters were killed in the war, as well as his father. He grew up in Libya and speaks of his continual sadness that he does not know what to do with his life anymore.
All the Tuaregs benefited from al-Qathafi. They tell of how everything they built was because of him and that “we are crying for his loss”, says one.
But after the war, they found upon returning to Niger that climate change had made the area even more arid and lifeless, adding to the misery of the people and the starvation of their animals.
Despite being in an area of astounding natural resources – one of the most prosperous in the world – they are living in a “dying world of drought”. For Niger has one of the richest uranium mines ever found – but few benefits ever reach the people. So the Tuaregs remain poor and isolated.
They found there were no schools and no hospitals. For those lucky enough to discover water and pastures, some find that even the water-well is a four-hour walk away from their pastures. Makeshift wells are dangerous – with lethal sand collapses an ever-present threat.
For those who have to continue their search for water and pastures, distressing footage of their animals that have either starved to death or are on the brink of doing so is shown in graphic detail. Hundreds of thousands have already met this fate.
The north of Niger is where the country’s most precious resources are found – and the French ensure they have them.
The French took the uranium from the Tuaregs’ land here – and it made France strong and prosperous. It gave the French light – and for decades now, they have been dependent on Niger to continue this. But the Tuaregs see nothing of this prosperity…
“It makes our hearts burn that we don’t see even a little bit of this wealth”, says one.
The French nuclear company Areva works the mine, in the Arlit area of the Agadez region in northern Niger, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Shockingly, Areva even refuses to hire any Tuaregs to work for them. Instead, most of its workers are brought up from southern Niger – hundreds of kilometres away. This is how France regards the Tuaregs…
The mine produces millions of tons of radioactive waste – and it makes the Tuaregs sick with illness. It also causes nerve disorders.
One couple featured in the programme live near the mine. They feed their animals only on dry food – as the pasture makes their herds ill; when their precious livestock eat it, they die. A nearby well is so contaminated that nearly every animal that drank from it perished. Children drinking from it also became sick.
The factory is right in the middle of the Tuaregs’ pastureland. The nuclear materials kill animals that are exposed to them or cause others to become handicapped. One camel is shown barely able to stand after she drank water from the well near the mine – she then gave birth to a dead calf…
The man and his wife also had a baby of their own – but it was born with a deformity. They took it to the Somair Mining Company Hospital – convinced it was malformed due to the radioactive waste. Somair is the name of the mine and the company that Areva uses.
The doctors told them: “The radiation came out in your child”. The baby then died…
Disturbingly, the couple could not get a document about this event. After continuing to campaign, the hospital eventually agreed to issue a death certificate – but when they collected it, the pair was stunned to see that the cause of death – radiation – had been completely omitted…
Shortly afterwards, speaking on the telephone to the doctor, he told them: “That is something I cannot write down on paper. It is true the baby is dead from radiation – but I cannot write that. We cannot write the word radiation on anything”.
The medic added that the couple had not originally been given a death certificate “because no-one gets one if you mention verbally the word radiation”.
Following the loss of the child, the wife found she was experiencing pain in the womb. The Somair Mining Company Hospital refused to treat her – dozens of sick local Tuaregs are regularly turned away by them. They told her to go to the city hospital – but treatment there costs money. Money the Tuareg people, thanks to France, do not have.
Another woman in the same situation is paralysed from the chest down – but no one will tell her why. She died shortly after filming…
No full environmental study has ever been authorised for this area. No proper independent medical study has ever been done. No investigation into the nervous system disorders or premature deaths.
Areva did its own study and, of course, gave themselves a clear conscience, denying everything and absolving itself of any blame.
Horrifically, France is now set to DOUBLE its mining production in northern Niger – with another new mine planned for the French and their clients.
The Imouraren Mine, named after the company that Areva is using for it, will make this an even more poisoned and waterless land – as millions more tons of radioactive waste will be produced…
When suspected local al-Qaeda rebels kidnapped some Areva workers in 2010 – with some suspected Tuareg involvement – this was portrayed in Western media as some kind of terrorist act. The truth of why it happened was utterly covered up. The kidnappers only wanted 20-30% of the mining profits (the least they deserve)…
You can bet that none of the huge profits that will come from Imouraren will be going to the locals.
Precious resources are also why the French have control of Mali – the mineral rich northern region here is the least explored of the Tuaregs’ traditional homeland areas.
As well as being forced out of Libya in 2011 and into Niger, many Tuaregs also had no choice but to return to Mali – taking with them the weapons that they had used to try and defend Libya.
They went to the northern desert, another part of their desired Azawad state. They too, found it another isolated place, remote from any normal services. Their animals also starved to death and this situation continues. There is no development and no aid assistance from the Mali government.
The Tuaregs have not controlled Azawad since the old, French colonialist war, when France gave Tuareg land to Mali – without the consent of the Tuaregs.
The French slaughtered all their animals. They then paraded the severed human heads of Tuareg leaders…
Decades later, in 2012, the Tuaregs launched the biggest uprising seen in the Mali area in over a century. It was a renewed bid to establish their beloved homeland of Azawad – a fight that has been going on against Malian rule since 1957. But their forces, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), found their revolution hijacked by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) and another rebel group, Ansar al-Dine.
Thanks to the war on Libya, Mali had become a powder keg in 2012.
The ensuing ‘intervention’ in Mali, by Britain and France in January 2013, was stated by Western politicians as a ‘necessary’ war to deal with the ‘threat of al-Qaeda’.
But, in truth, the Mali government lets al-Qaeda flourish in Mali.
The authorities even told an army general to “leave al-Qaeda alone”…
This is because the Mali government uses al-Qaeda as a bulwark against the Tuareg people and Azawad.
Drug smuggling is rife in Mali as the government secretly supports it – they use the profits from it to pay ethnic militias to keep on suppressing the Tuareg rebellion for Azawad.
(Although the programme does not mention it, the ‘intervention’ by the West was just another false flag operation – a covert war on the Tuaregs and Azawad – to keep them down and make sure France continues their colonial control. Due to the Islamists advance though, it has to be pointed out that some Tuaregs did briefly ‘side’ with the French. When Western media showed locals cheering the French, there were, in fact, not a Tuareg or an Arab amongst them)…
Paradoxically though, part of al-Qaeda is welcomed by some people !! – as they do provide clothes, charity provision etc. –including to those Tuaregs who really are desperate and in need of it.
But many people here see the country of Mali as just another extension of France…
The Tuaregs feel that the only way out for them and their animals is for Libya to be returned to al-Qathafi’s people.
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