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Sweden offers aid for Libya refugee effort

AFP/The Local · 4 Mar 2011, 16:11

Published: 04 Mar 2011 16:11 GMT+01:00

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"The mission is to contribute to the evacuation of persons in distress at the Tunisian border," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Swedish military plane is currently in Malta where it landed after evacuating Swedish citizens from Libya.

Sweden said it was offering an extra 33 million kronor following appeals from aid organisations in the region, and that funds could go to the International Red Cross, the United Nations refugee agency and the United Nations' children fund.

"Developments in Libya have resulted in a humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people," Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, said in a statment.

"Many people have tried to escape the regime's violence against the civilian population, and this has created a critical situation at the borders, particularly in Tunisia, which may have a destabilising effect in the region. I am pleased that Sweden can provide concrete assistance to those affected."

Fleeing the unrest in Libya, growing numbers of people have fled over the northwestern border into Tunisia, including Egyptians now stuck in refugee camps with little prospect of getting home.

Around 100,000 people have crossed the border into Tunisia since February 20, Tunisia's regional Red Crescent representative said on Friday.

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Britain is sending several planes to airlift thousands of Egyptians stuck in refugee camps, while France said it was sending a helicopter carrier to waters off Libya to help evacuate civilians.

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16:30 March 4, 2011 by Uncle
I would really like to know:

FROM Lybia - to WHERE? Where these hundreds of thousands in distress shall land according to the plan?
16:35 March 4, 2011 by Zala Russe
Why should other countries pay for relief from a situation that has its origins in the government of Libya. Why not use money from the billions of dollars of assets, stolen from the people of Libya by the Gaddafi family, and now impounded by countries like the UK.
17:15 March 4, 2011 by calebian22
Be on the lookout for a sunglass wearing, dragqueen looking, bedouin named Muammar. Refugees right now are pro-Qadafi sycophants looking to save their own butts. No evacuation to Sweden, please.
17:55 March 4, 2011 by buschmann
Here they come, and they will keep comming, count on it.
17:55 March 4, 2011 by ngecenk
libyans oil has been distributed throughout europe for many decades. its one of the reason why europeans can enjoy oil price lower than the us.

and now when the people begging for their life, you chose to ignore them?
18:06 March 4, 2011 by calebian22

18:41 March 4, 2011 by Baroness_Fredericks
Not all people, but most make the same mistake. They tend view all these Muslim Nations who are rioting as being different events. All Muslim Nations are one in Islam and they act as one body. They need to clean house to pave the way for a new, more powerful form of Islam which is now being implemented throughout the Middle East and elsewhere. The King of Saudi Arabia is behind much and so is Iran. Though they are enemies, they still believe in the same goals. Killing and wiping the Earth clean of all Infidels. Meaning all of us! ...and yet we sit by and allow all this. It was Never Allowed before our time, without a fight from our Nations to survive. It's our elections that we must focus on, because there seems to be only "their type of candidate", meaning those who support all this chaos and are quite bribable who is placed before you to vote for! No-one of good integrity, it seems, ends up in any of our Governments! Why is this so? We need people elected who stand for us and our values. Everything now is based on Islam and race. As long as it's against your race, it's all fine. We are being told, ad nauseam, that we "must" accept immigrants from places where freedom is not desired, nor fought for or implemented. They seek to change your way of life and to overtake your Nations from the inside out. It seems to be working better than they had ever dreamed possible! For we have all become so complacent and accepting of what we were told, as "political correctness", and having been told we are not to defend our forefather's lands and beliefs that our citizens are all too eager to hand all we have over to these invaders! That's exactly what they really are! Look it up. It's happening all over the world! Their main goals are to wipe the world clean of any other people or religion, other than their own. By whatever means possible and we are paying for it all at the gas pumps! They need more money, they raise the price of gas and you pay it. It then goes into fighting against your own way of life. They have found loop holes galore in our free societies and take full advantage of these to invade us and try to over populate us as quickly as they can, at your own expense! In truth we have not much time to wake up any longer before they strike us with all they have. We are sitting ducks for a massive hurt. Our people are too lenient and kind to those who, at first, seem so calm and distraught asking for our help to live amongst us in peace! When behind closed doors they plan death for our families and seek to create Islamic Nations out of "OUR" lands! Send them all packing back to "THEIR" lands! Before you live to regret it even more.
19:20 March 4, 2011 by buschmann
How many immigrants does 33 milion kroner buy?
19:24 March 4, 2011 by Syftfel
Where will these refugees be evacuated to? Bulgaria? Latvia? Or possibly Greece? I'm curious whose taxpayers will be responsible for the well being of these throngs of lost souls, victims of an irrational madman. For it can not be possible that they will all go to Södertälje? Can it?
20:02 March 4, 2011 by Rishonim
Gaddafi was spot on when he predicted this "There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe - without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades. If you open your borders, they will come ,.,.,.,.,.
21:00 March 4, 2011 by Nemesis
Now I know why my SFI is contracting in external private teachers.

I wonder how many libyans the Swedes can buy for 33,000,000 Krona?
23:24 March 4, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Acharonim to Rishonim:

Make a sober calculation:

00:41 March 5, 2011 by Uncle

"libyans oil has been distributed throughout europe for many decades. its one of the reason why europeans can enjoy oil price lower than the us. "

Oh, wow, the gracious Lybians donated oil for free to the europeans. For no money. Out of the will to make it so warm in the european homes. No market prices for oil involved. No OPEC decisions involved. Pure love and selfless sacrifice from the side of Lybians towards the ungrateful Europeans....

And NOW, when Lybians are killing Lybians (from the excess of love and religious ethics of course) Europeans apparently OWE Lybians refuge...

Do these muslims even listen to themselves, or do they just babble like schizophrenics on the streets of Detroit? I mean one billion cannot be THAT primitive... right?
07:44 March 5, 2011 by jbat
Why Libya people need to go out of their own country? They choose to fight their leader... so fight till the end.. why become refugee?
07:51 March 5, 2011 by jbat
Uncle.. you are from USA.. so why you are so busy body? do your Uncle SAM chitto give oil to Eu country or pay extra expensive for Libyan oil?... wait till your country become black uncle.. then you know how important to take care of your own country and don´+t be so busy body LOLOLOLLLL
14:20 March 5, 2011 by G_man469
hi guy's there no big deal so i think libian peaple they interested to test refuggee they are try to be like us i mean like somalia i say ;libian peaple to stopped what they are doing in there own country if they are contenue this voilance or they step down there goverment i say welcome to civil war like somalia ...........................

god bless of somalia peaple
16:58 March 5, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
I wrote this in response to what I've read here and elsewhere of Baroness_Fredericks heartfelt concerns, Rishonim's and Calebian22, others, ( but not “Uncle” since he has great difficulties not so much with reading, but with understanding simple English. So I don't want to hear from him. He is not my uncle. And he should not waste his time “ hearing “ from me.) :

08:24 March 6, 2011 by wishUlistenup
"Sweden offers aid" - now WHO in Sweden is making this decision? WHO has the right to waste 33 miljon in tax money?

Whoever it is in the government, needs to get their screws tightened and maybe get deported to Libya!

Folks! There is not enough room in Sweden to invite everyone that needs aide. This is just OUTRAGEOUS!

While wars are created to make money, they intentionally starve people and create the riots you see in Egypt. This is not "just happening" - the creepy idiots that have a mindset just to have power and make money for themselves are just playing with the world economy and people in various countries.

09:37 March 6, 2011 by Uncle

Are you for real with this english, "body"? Leave alone the lack of any spell check, but do you even understand the incoherent sentences that you are writing? Even your entire paragraphs do not make any logical sense.

Who said that I am from USA? You just jump to conclusions and assume that? Like a good "nonxenophobic" and "openminded" representative of the thrird world? I don't even understand whether you are FOR USA becoming all black or AGAINST it... and how does it have to do with anything, "body"?
21:21 April 10, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
They better not send these thousands of refugees into Sweden. It's not Sweden's problem, they don't have to take them in.

One thing they could do after they get them up in the air in that airplane, they could drop them into the middle of the ocean. Problem solved! Then nobody has to take them in.
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