Relief for Libya’s ‘Chinese Camp’?


The conflict in Libya has meant war between two ethnic groups in the remote Sahara, with the Tebu loyal to the "official" government in the country's east and the Tuareg recognizing the Islamist regime that holds Tripoli. Fighting between the two groups has left hundreds of families displaced. Many now occupy a unfinished housing project abandoned by a Chinese construction company at the start of the 2011 uprising, on the outskrits of the desert town of Ghat. The UN is trying to broker peace both between the rival regimes and the warring ethnicities. But the inhabitants of the "Chinese Camp" face harsh privation, and complain that no aid has reached them. Tom Westcott of IRIN news agency reports from the scene.

Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN

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