Hundreds of refugees – a mixture of Indian and Bangladeshi labourers who up until now have been working in Libya have arrived in a field in Tunisia that has been turned into a refugee camp.
The tents, which have been provided by the UN, have been set up by the Tunisian army. It is a safe respite for many frightened people.
One relieved refugee said: “There was no food there… if we went to the shops they wouldn’t sell us anything. They said this is for Libyans not for you.”
The men had to wait their turn to be allocated a tent able to accommodate around ten people. For most it was a chance at last to sleep under the protection of a roof – albeit a canvass one.
This camp like so many others will receive another wave of refugees in the next few hours – it seems never-ending. Around one million Egyptians and tens of thousands of Asian workers are all fleeing the unrest in Libya.