Thousands of Bangladeshi and other Asian workers have found themselves stranded on the Libyan-Egyptian border. They are unable to enter Egypt as they do not have the papers, and even if they did, they do not have the money to travel further to reach home. And they have been stuck for over a week.
One refugee said:“How can we survive? There is no food, no water, how can we survive?”
Another complained, “We stay here under the open sky, on the road, night and day. And we sleep on the road”
The problem is that most do not have Egyptian passports and it is not just men – there are several families with young children and they are suffering too.
The lucky ones find a spot on the floor of the departures hall, the rest are destined to sleep outside.
The UN is growing alarmed at their plight. Attention so far has been on the refugee crisis on the Tunisian border. These refugees must wait until their own countries arrange flights to get them out.