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Acute humanitarian crisis ignored while world focuses on diplomacy

Kim Sengupta in Sauhat

Published 04/04/2011 | 05:00

A woman cries during prayers in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya
A woman cries during prayers in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya

THE old woman sat cross-legged on a gold and black rug, an attempt to make the tent in the middle of the barren wilderness where she and her family had ended up seem a little bit more like home.

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"Gaddafi came to me. I told him: 'We are your neighbours, but we get nothing. Your revolution has been going on for 20 years but we have no electricity, no water'," Malez Mohammed (84) recalled. "At the time he gave us work, he built us roads. But now he has become mad; his dogs came to the village, they started killing. That is why we had to flee from our houses."

More than 300 people are camped around them, having abandoned their village to escape the brutal strife of this civil war. There is no getting away from the privations they face as refugees in their own country -- the hardship set to continue, they think, until the conflict ends.

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