Sunday, May 8, 2011

Your Hard Earned War Dollars Support Racist NATO Forces

Very rarely do I repost a story, but this story merits some attention. While people are justifying military force upon Libya, I know these supporters are not aware of the insidious racism and degrading treatment that is going on against black civilians.

Much like Blackwater military and UN Pakistani's raping women in Haiti and Iraq, black folk are treated like shit around the glob.

Nato units left 61 African migrants to die of hunger and thirst

Exclusive: Boat trying to reach Lampedusa was left to drift in Mediterranean for 16 days, despite alarm being raised
  • Jack Shenker in Lampedusa
  •, Sunday 8 May 2011 21.30 BST
  • Article history
  • Refugees from Libya reach Lampedusa
    Refugees from Libya reach Lampedusa. A Nato ship failed to rescue a boat in trouble – leaving 63 people on board to die. Photograph: Francesco Malavolta/EPA

Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European and Nato military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned.

A boat carrying 72 passengers, including several women, young children and political refugees, ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Despite alarms being raised with the Italian coastguard and the boat making contact with a military helicopter and a Nato warship, no rescue effort was attempted.

All but 11 of those on board died from thirst and hunger after their vessel was left to drift in open waters for 16 days. "Every morning we would wake up and find more bodies, which we would leave for 24 hours and then throw overboard," said Abu Kurke, one of only nine survivors. "By the final days, we didn't know ourselves … everyone was either praying, or dying."

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Reggie said...

My tax dollars and yours have ALWAYS supported racists and behavoir that I don't condone and I suspect they always will.