by Valencia Mohammed
Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a
self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for
about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's
bloody civil war -- a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European
Fauntroy's sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports that he had been killed.
In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted
civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish
troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing
rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.
"'What the hell' I'm thinking to myself. I'm getting out of here. So I went in hiding," Fauntroy said.
The rebels told Fauntroy they had been told by the European forces to
stay inside. According to Fauntroy, the European forces would tell the
rebels, "'Look at what you did.' In other words, the French and Danish
were ordering the bombings and killings, and giving credit to the
"The truth about all this will come out later," Fauntroy said.
While in Libya, The former congressman also said he sat down with
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for a one-on-one conversation. Gaddafi has
ruled Libya since 1969, when he seized power in a military coup.
Fauntroy said he spoke with Gaddafi in person and that Gaddafi
assured him that if he survived these attacks, the mission to unite
African countries would continue.
"Contrary to what is being reported in the press, from what I heard
and observed, more than 90 percent of the Libyan people love Gaddafi,"
Fauntroy said. "We believe the true mission of the attacks on Gaddafi is
to prevent all efforts by African leaders to stop the recolonization of
Several months ago, Gaddafi's leadership faced its biggest challenge.
In February, a radical protest movement called the Arab Spring spread
across Libya. When Gaddafi responded by dispatching military and
plainclothes paramilitary to the streets to attack demonstrators, it
turned into a civil war with the assistance of NATO and the United
Fauntroy's account could not be immediately verified by the Afro and
the U.S. State Department has not substantiated Fauntroy's version of
events. Fauntroy was not acting as an official representative of the
U.S. in Libya. He returned to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 31.
When rumors spread about Fauntroy being killed he went underground,
he told the Afro in an interview. Fauntroy said for more than a month he
decided not to contact his family but to continue the mission to speak
with African spiritual leaders about a movement to unify Africa despite
the Arab uprisings.
"I'm still here," Fauntroy said, pointing to several parts of his
body. "I've got all my fingers and toes. I'm extremely lucky to be
After blogs and rumors reported Fauntroy had been killed, the
congressional office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced on
Aug. 24, that she had been in touch with authorities who confirmed
Fauntroy was safely in the care of the International Committee of the
Inside his home, Fauntroy pulled out several memoirs and notebooks to
explain why he traveled to Libya at a time when it was going through
"This recent trip to Libya was part of a continuous mission that
started under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he gave me orders to join
four African countries on the continent with four in the African
Diaspora to restore the continent to its pre-colonial status," Fauntroy
"We want Africa to be the breadbasket of the world," he said.
"Currently, all the major roads in every country throughout Africa lead
to ports that take its natural resources and wealth outside the
continent to be sold to the European markets."
Meanwhile reports from Tripoli are coming in.
It seems in the last two weeks, rebel fighters have fired more
bullets into the air to express their excitement than were shot during
the assault on Tripoli earlier in August. But away from "jubilant"
crowds we meet those who are not so pleased.
Abdulrakham lives in Tripoli’s Abu Slim district, which has
historically been pro-Gaddafi. When the rebels arrived, his sister was
badly injured. She is still in hospital in Tunisia.
Abdulrakham does not want to show his face on camera and insists on a
hidden location for the interview. He says the revolution has brought
much fear in its wake.
“There is no peace. There is no safety in the city. We do not let our
children outside when it’s dark. We are afraid. We always wait for
something bad,” he tells RT. “When Gaddafi was here, at least we didn’t
have to sleep awake, like we do now.”
Abdulrakham says he also wanted change and a brighter future for his country, but not this way.
“People are dying on both sides,” he continues. “The city’s been
destroyed – and no one cares! Do they seriously think they changed it
for the better? Don’t lie to yourself – just look around! Is this what
And what is around is a scene of widespread destruction and social
chaos. The badly damaged buildings matched by the rising stench of
garbage and decomposing bodies. Armed youngsters roam the streets,
barely old enough to understand that what they carry are weapons, not
Many shops, schools, and hospitals are closed, while the city’s cemeteries are growing bigger.