5 November 2012

Gambian Shot Dead in Libya- Is There a Gambian Representative in Libya?

Photo: Kate Thomas/IRIN
Migrants arrive at a camp near the Libya-Tunisia border (file photo).

Credible and confirmed information reaching Foroyaa from the Libyan capital Tripoli and the Niger border town of Agadez, has it that a Gambian youth in his mid 20s was shot death during a raid by Libyan armed militias on the would be migrants' 'Hiding Sites'.

The information stated that hundreds of Africans from South of the Sahara, including Gambians were rounded up by Libyan immigration police and put in camps for possible deportation to the border with Niger. The information added that dozens of Gambians and other West African citizens are currently stranded and are in hiding in Tripoli, Sebha and the border town of Agadez.

According to an eye witness in Tripoli, a Gambian named Lamin Marong, a native of Jarjari Mansa Kunda, in the Illiasa Constituency of the North Bank Region, was shot dead by gunmen on Sunday 28 October, as he and his fellow travellers tried to run away from their hiding place. The gunmen arrived at the scene and opened fire on them. The information indicated that Marong was hit by a bullet and died on the spot where he fell. The witness told Foroyaa that all of them scattered and ran for their lives in different directions. The witness said an hour after the incident took place, two of them who left The Gambia together with the deceased, returned to the scene and found Lamin dead in a pool of fresh blood with all his money and valuable items taken away by the gunmen.

The family of the deceased at Ebo Town confirmed the news of the death of Lamin Marong transmitted to them through telephone by his companions currently stranded in Libya. The family said they decided to recite the Quran and did the seven day Muslim charity for him. They expressed their sorrow in the manner their loved one died, but praised him for his courage and determination to eradicate the poverty of his parents. They described Lamin as a hard working youth who has been doing small scale business in the Kombos to help his family. His mother said, though she lost a son, she could not but applaud his efforts to lift the family from poverty. Lamin is in his mid 20s and was yet to be married.


Amnesty International will be contacted by Foroyaa to monitor what is happening in Tripoli and Agadez. There is need for universal outcry against the inhuman and degrading treatment that 'would be migrants' in search of greener pastures are being subjected to. We will also contact Foreign affairs and the Libyan embassy in Banjul for clarification on the current situation in Libya. Any excuse that the youth should not travel is unacceptable. The issue here is international justice. It is a crime against humanity to torture and murder human beings with impunity. No one should be subjected to inhuman and cruel or degrading treatment.

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