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What you can do to Fight Slave Trade in Libya & around the World

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The issue of slave trade in Libya and many other North African states didn’t begin today. It has been on for years (decades possibly). Many of us may have relatives (near or distant), or may have heard stories of people seeking to make their way to Europe through the Sahara Desert – Libya – Mediterranean Sea route in search of “greener pastures.” Many die on their way, others are sold into slavery, few make their way to Europe to become commercial sex workers (more than 80% of women according to UN).

It is not news that black Africans are being sold by their Libyan counterparts, with Africans of other origins being involved, according to some social media comments.

BellaNaija has been raising awareness on the issue over the years – as it is something we are personally committed to eliminating – with reports on Nigerians returning from Libya as well as those narrating their ordeals.

We’re happy the stories are gaining widespread attention following a CNN investigative report, however, attention is not enough. While calling for people to #PrayForLibya, #PrayForAfrica, #EndSlavery, or sending thoughts and prayers to victims may be good, offline action is what can cause the kind of change we seek, in this case stoppage of illegal migration and human auctioning/slave trade.

Slave trade is not entirely the problem, but the effect of a bigger problem – poverty, a result of lack of effective governance in many Sub-Saharan African states. Another problem is violence which is posing a formidable adversary to development of many African states – Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa, Al Shabaab in East Africa, ISIS and Al Qaeda in North Africa who claim alliance to other terrorist sects in the continent, and other militant groups destroying lives and property across the continent.

Africa must take the bull by the horn and not wait for people outside the continent to recognise and talk about our developmental challenges, then get excited because the whole world is aware about our ordeal. Hashtags are good as they help to spread the word, but offline actions are better. The big question now is, “What can we do?”. Here are some answers:

1. Raise awareness, within your community and online, of the dangers of these journeys and the high uncertainty of protection of life, or even the “greener pastures”.

2. Reach out to your political representatives to prompt them to take action. This is very important. We must consistently demand from our political leaders to supply the governance we have contracted them for.

3. Petitioning the United Nations as well as the African Union to act. Fitness expert and Author Amara Kanu wrote a petition to UN Peacekeeping on the issue. You can sign it here.

4. Support governmental organisation and non-profits that fight human trafficking. In Nigeria, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) are the major government organisation focused on this.

You can see how to support UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Libya here. You can also donate to Free the Slaves.

5. Like we said above, poverty is the main cause of this illegal migration and while each individual may not be able to stop it, all of us, in our own little way, can help to fight poverty in our society. Provide for the vulnerable and less privileged in your society, create jobs if you can, and demand from leaders to do the job you voted them to do.

6. Volunteer for and donate to the rehabilitation of deportees. Hundreds of Nigerians have been deported from Libya this year and more are still being deported. Sadly, these are the “lucky” ones. You may not have to donate money or other tangible resources, but your time and competence.

Singer Nikki Laoye is also working on a plan with NCFRMI via her Angel 4 Life Foundation to support returnees/deportees.

Let’s join hands together to end this. Yes, we can.

5 Comments

  1. honeybelle

    November 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you BN. I haven’t posted anything on my social media pages because I was concerned about practical steps to take. Now, this is a link I will gladly share.

    • mussein

      November 30, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      LET ME TELL YOU WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE MORE WRONG THAN ‘SLAVERY’ — NEGRO ETHICS. ITS NEGRO ETHICS THAT HAS GOTTEN US INTO THIS TROUBLE AND IT WAS WELL ON ITS WAY TO RECREATING THIS CATACLYSMIC DIZASTER OVER AGAIN!

      HAD THE EUROPEANS NOT DECIDED – THIS SIGHT WAS NOT ‘FIT’ FOR THEIR EYES!!!!

      SLAVERY HAS BEEN CONTINUING IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR AS LONG AS SINCE IT WAS BANNED! JUST ASK THE LITTLE GIRLS WHO SOUGHT AFTER HOUSE WORK IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WHEN THEY RETURN FOR THOSE WHO RETURN. AND ITS ALL OVER THE ARAB WORLD.

      BUT WHAT DOES THE EDUCATED MASS AMONGST US INCLUDING OUR POLLITICAL LEADERS DO IN RESPONCE … FINGURE PLUNGED INTO EAR SOCKETS, BURREL URSELF IN A TOMB SO DEEP IN NEGLIGENCE, THAT @ THE FIRST SIGHT OF CLEAR UP, SEND YOUR EBONY WIFE OUT FIRST TO SURVEY THE DANGER. THEN COME OUT AND ROAR A BIG PILE OF YOROBANI CONCHURCHILLS! AFRICA WEY DE RE-EMERGE!
      THIS WAS & IS OUR FORMAL AFRICAN
      RESPONCE.

      NEGRO SENCE OF RIGHT AND WRONG IS FAMOUSLY ‘OUTRAGIOUS’! THESE CRIMES HAVE BEEN TAKING PRECIDENCE IN THE NORTH, CONDITION RIPPENING THEMSELVES WELL BEFORE LIBYA BEGAN TO GET MENTION IN THE NEWS.

      I LAUGH EVERYTIME I SEE AN AFRICAN MAN IN AN AGBADA! THERE ARE NO……………MAN ON THIS CONTINENT! ONLY TALL BABY BOYZ.

  2. vics

    November 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Welldone BN! Thanks for this post.

  3. tunmi

    November 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Imagine someone’s maid / houseboy / housegirl / gateman / butler / girl or boy from the village listening to their madam and their sahs speaking on active steps they will be taking to fight slavery in Libya!

    my goodness. It’s like the US preaching democracy and denying black americans the right to vote, moving asian americans into concentration camps on US soils, and killing off native americans.

    But yeah sure.

    • Jules

      December 1, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I don’t get it. Maids, houseboys etc listening… How? All of those you mentioned are not comparable unless they are treated in similar manner.

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