February 28, 2011
While the Western press focuses on American and European nationals, who, for the most part have safely retuned to their countries, nearly 50,000 migrant workers from less developed countries are in dire need of rescue from Gaddafi’s lawless regime. Nepalis are among this media-ignored group.
When the uprising began, there were an estimated 3,024 Nepalis working in Libya. As of today, 316 Nepali nationals have returned home, 527 have landed in safe place outside of the Libyan border between 1000 are believed to be trapped in Benghazi and Tripoli, and the remainder are unaccounted for.
The floundering government in Nepal – with very few resources of its own – has asked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (CRC) to step in.