25 Feb '11, 1pm

Terrified Asian workers abandoned in Libya

MANILA : Tens of thousands of workers from Asia's poorest countries have been left to fend for themselves in riot-torn Libya, as their governments struggle to bring them home, labour groups said on Friday. Their plight highlights the vulnerability of people from nations such as the Philippines and Bangladesh who travel abroad for work often without the safeguards enjoyed by expatriates from richer countries, they said. "Some countries with significant wealth can react very quickly to a crisis but for other countries it can be very difficult," Lawrence Jeff Johnson, the International Labour Organization's Philippine office director, told AFP. In Libya, Americans, Britons, Chinese and South Koreans have been able to rely on boats and planes chartered by their governments to escape the bloodshed unleashed by strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi as he has sought to crush a revolution....

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