Below are some reports from the Nafusa Mountains that express the dire situation faced by the people in the towns that have been under siege or attack from Gaddafi forces for weeks.
Desperate call from Yefren May 27, 2011
A caller from Yefren, a city besieged by Gaddafi forces for over 7 weeks now, call for an immediate response from the world to the ongoing crisis these people are facing. The situation is grave and people are dying daily from the bombardments, from the lack of food, from the lack of water, lack of medical supplies, lack of electricity, lack of fuel. They are trapped and are suffering from both daily attacks by Gaddafi’s forces and the ongoing stravation.
Listen to the call:
Report from Kikla
We need urgent attention to evacuate injured civilians from the ground in Kekla. There is no medical equipement or doctors on the ground. There has been fierce fighting today since the morning. The area of Yefren including Algalaa and Kekkla is under complete siege from the 3rd of April. The area has no food, water, medical supplies.
So far there has been 3 civilian deaths, Mr Abdofateh Alsakour; Basheer Salam Esa; Abdo gader Basheer Esa. There is five serious cases which include compoung fracture, coma and other wounds. We need urgent action from the ICRC and relevant NGO’s to evacuate and treat these civilians. This adds to the 30 civilians who are injured and require medical attention. We are expecting civilian casualties to increase. There is now a bombardement that is taking place now in Kekkla, Yefren and Algalaa with Grad missiles and cluster bombs. Please note the only hospital in the region is in the Yefren Administrative District (Suuk District) which is in the hand of G Forces. We need urgent evacuation to save the lives of these innocent civilians.
We can assist in this coordination effort with MICC (Maltese International Crisis Centre). We recommend the use of helicopters.
PLEASE ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES
Abdo Al Herrari
Press Release Nafousa Mountains
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF YEFREN AND ALGALA’A
– NAFUSA MOUNTAINS, LIBYA
We are approaching the seventh week of a complete siege on the cities of Yefren, Al-Gala’a (since April 3). Approximately 7000 to 10,000 civilian men, women and children have been trapped in the cities of Yefren and Al-Gala’a, suffering these past 7 weeks under the continuous siege of the area by Gaddafi loyalist troops. The only region under complete tight siege in Libya …..Torture. Starvation. Disease. Under the harsh conditions of these relentless attacks, both physical and psychological scars have been inflicted upon the people. The trauma cuts deeper and deeper as the days go by. Every second of their lives has become a constant struggle for survival. Yet the desperate cries of these people have gone largely unnoticed by both the Libyan and the International communities. When will the eyes in the sky assist to protect these people? When will the world respond to halt an exponentially worsening human catastrophe?
On behalf of the Libyan People in Yefren (Largest Amazigh City in Libya), this is an URGENT and SERIOUS appeal to International Humanitarian Agencies, the United Nations, the ICRC, NATO, and the NTC. Additionally, we would also like to put forward the proposal of a collaboration and partnership with local humanitarian workers, with the exception of the Libyan Red Crescent that is situated in Tripoli, to implement an aid corridor to these areas. This aid corridor will ensure that these helpless civilian men, women and children will be protected and innocent lives saved. I trust we can respond to this humane request before it is too late.
The cities of Yefren and Al-Gala’a in particular are in highly critical situations. Both cities have been under complete siege by Gaddafi forces since April 3rd 2011. Yefren and Al-Gala’a are inhabited by the indigenous Amazigh minority, also largely referred to as Berbers, who can be traced back to 4000 BC. For years, Gaddafi has forcibly denied the Amazigh people their culture and language, banning it from official use within the country. Censorship, discrimination, and incarceration; Gaddafi essentially denies their existence. His direct hatred for these people is not unknown; the relentless persecution of the Amazigh during Gaddafi’s rule has been rife. Many Amazigh activists advocating their cause have been imprisoned, exiled and even executed.
As such, it comes to no surprise that the Gaddafi forces have specifically targeted the Amazigh people in these two cities, threatening to wipe out the entire population. An epidemic of the ethnic cleansing of the Amazigh has broken out. At this very moment in time, Yefren and Al-Gala’a are experiencing a rampant form of such ethnic cleansing by the Gaddafi regime. Families from Yefren, currently living in Tripoli, have also been targeted by Gaddafi through mass arrests and persistent harassment. In the past 48 hours, the number of Gaddafi forces has vastly increased, allowing them to take control of more vital position within the region, including the city centre, small valleys and strategic positions on hills. Essentially, these forces have blocked all routes into and out of the cities, strangling the people’s only means of reaching utterly vital necessities, such as food and water.
With electricity cut off for over two months, access to cash impossible, and gas and petrol levels at virtually non-existent levels, the people live in isolation within the region. Water supplies have also been cut off by Gaddafi forces, and food supplies are rapidly diminishing. Deliveries are unable to get in; the people are unable to get out. Medicine supplies have diminished. Access to medical supplies is impossible. The people of Yefren and Al-Gala’a urgently need your help.
The brutality of the Gaddafi forces in these regions must not go unimpeded. We implore upon the UN, the NTC, NATO and all international humanitarian agencies involved: please help the citizens of Yefren and Al-Gala’a. Help them before we witness first-hand a modern holocaustal massacre of an entire population of people by their own leader. Help them before their blood stains not only the hands of Gaddafi’s men. Help them before it is too late.
Prepared below are key humanitarian stress indicators that have triggered this appeal. We have also provided the main locations of the Gaddafi forces that are attacking civilians in Yefren and Al-Gala’a as well as preventing humanitarian aid accessing them. Consequently, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who believe in Humanity; to thank those in the Libyan community, international institutions and Governments and the humanitarian citizens of the world. We welcome the international coalition and the support in taking the bold decision to protect the civilians of Libya by “taking all necessary measures”. We thank the millions of people and civil contributors who believe in their duty to defend the fundamental rights of human beings: subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, identity and freedom.
I would also like to personally thank you in advance for taking this information seriously, and we also thank the civilians who have risked their lives in continuing to collect this information for you. For any enquiries, or if you require further information or assistance from sources on the ground and local humanitarian personnel, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Abdo Al. Herrari
Main humanitarian stress report from Yefren and Algalaa
Yefren and Algalaa have been under complete siege and daily attack on civilians by Gaddafi forces since April 3, 2011.
There has been no electricity, gas and petrol for two months. The financial institutions in Yefren and Algalaa have been closed and there has been no access to cash since February 17th 2011. Between 7000 and 10,000 civilians are trapped in the towns of Yefren and Algalaa, the remainder appx. 160,000 civilians have been displaced to other towns in the Nafusa Mountains , Tripoli and Tunisia prior to the complete siege(Normally, population of Yefren and Algalaa is estimated to be in the range of 170 000 or more including Awiniya and Riyanah, etc).
Water wells in Romiya region taken by Gaddafi forces and no water supply to people in Yefren and Algalaa. People now depend on water collected from rain in reservoirs, which is also ending this week and turning to water is contaminated with worms. The reservoirs that have been located by Gaddafi have been contaminated with oil. The Main Water Tank in Saffeet for Yefren and Algalaa has been damaged by missile and has been out of operation since the 4th of April 2011.
No food has entered since the 1st of March, no vegetables, fruits. There is no possibility to get food in and milk to children especially for those under 6 months old. People have been living on Macaroni. Food supplies from warehouses have finished and supplies including spaghetti, oil and tomato are expected to run out in the next two weeks. Souk district has about 80% of supermarkets and food stores and were taken away by Gaddafi forces. Alglaa Souk is mostly for clothes and other thing with smaller food stores.
There is no access to medicine or refrigerators to store the medicine (For diabetics, high blood pressure, and heart, vaccination and cancer patients). The temperature is now over 30 degrees. There is also no access to hospital as Yefren hospital taken by Gaddafi snipers. Clinics are inexistent in Yefren and Algalaa and the majority of doctors were foreigners and have fled. Herbal medicine is being used where possible. There has been two cases of heart attacks with As regards to illnesses, estimates as follows: 1. Diabetics and hypertensive: appx. 500 cases; 2. Epilepsy: about 10 cases; 3. Cardiac problems 50 or more; 4. known civilians that are wounded 30-50 that have no access to treatment (cases included infected wounds; injuries occurred due to shelling of civilian areas and there are those from direct conflict; 5. Cancer: about 10 that require urgent attention for daily dialysis; 6. Leshmania: endemic and it starts in May. 7. Children: diarrhoea, dryness, and other common problems of children, etc; 8. Ladies problems, appx. 50 known miscarriages due to hardship, 9. Others: Psychiatric problems; social problems,