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Last month, Libyan dissident Najla Aburrahman begged western media to pay attention to the bloodbath unfolding in her country. "If the Libyan protesters are ignored," she wrote, "the fear is that [Libyan dictator Muammar] Qaddafi—a man who appears to care little what the rest of the world thinks of him—will be able to seal the country off from foreign observers, and ruthlessly crush any uprising before it even has a chance to begin."
Since then, hundreds of protesters have been killed by Qaddafi's troops, and many civilians are fleeing the country if they can. But what refugees and others left behind? This photo essay bears witness to their plight. Click here for the latest updates on what's happening in Libya.