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Slave Markets: Macron wants European & African Leaders to help Evacuate Persons trapped in Libya




French President, Emmanuel Macron has said he will ask European leaders to help evacuate Africans in danger in Libya, after reports appearing to show African migrants being traded there sparked international outcry

“I will propose that Africa and Europe come to the rescue of the people trapped in Libya, by bringing massive support to the evacuation of people in danger,” Macron said in a speech in Burkina Faso on Tuesday.

Macron also sought to make a clean break from his predecessors, saying that he came from a generation that would not tell Africans what to do and would focus his efforts on bridging ties between Africa and Europe.

“I am from a generation that doesn’t come to tell Africans what to do,” Macron said during a speech to university students in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou.

“I am from a generation for whom Nelson Mandela’s victory is one of the best political memories.”

Macron is on a three-day visit to West Africa that includes an EU-Africa summit in Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan.

“I will not stand by those who say the African continent is one of crises and misery.

“I will be alongside those, who believe that Africa is neither a lost continent nor one that needs to be saved.”

West African migrants were being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors had told a UN agency helping them return home.

Libyan authorities have inaugurated a formal investigation into slave auctions in the country following an exclusive CNN report earlier this week, the government said on Friday.

“A high-level committee has been convened encompassing representatives from all the security apparatus to oversee this investigation,’’ Anes Alazabi, an official with the internationally recognised government of Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency said.

“Priorities of the investigation are not only to convict those responsible for these inhumane acts, but also to identify the location of those, who have been sold in order to bring them to safety and return them to their countries of origin.’’

Watch a report on the discovery of the slave auction:

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Temi Tope

    November 28, 2017 at 11:26 pm


    • wifematerial

      November 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

      Really at Temi Tope do you understand what you typing or lack understanding?????????? Is Libya now Europe even if Libya is Europe nobody has the power to enslave another in this modern day!!!!!!!!! which school you go again abeg?????????????

    • Ebere

      November 29, 2017 at 1:14 am

      You shouldn’t have written anything if you didn’t have anything reasonable to say. I pity your ignorance and insensitivity.

    • Grace

      November 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

      I hope this is not Temitope Ayeni. You sound as stupid as she does but her English is not this good

    • Ngozi

      November 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Sometimes, think before typing. This is sooooo Insensitive, You should know better!

  2. commentator

    November 29, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Wow…. Temi tope, thats a very judgemental and inhumane comment…for people whose situation or circumstance you don’t even know. Even writing in caps for that matter. Your heart needs a do over.

    So harsh and crude of you to resort to victim blaming, Not even giving your government, many of whose officials are living decadent lives any blame. No one just ups and leaves their home land voluntarily unless they’re desperate for a better life. Nothing wrong with searching for greener pastures when your home country has failed you in so many ways.

    Where is your outrage for the leaders and officials who are busy posting their lavish cars and lifestyles on instagram with their children instead of taking care of its citizens? You think even without this scandal that the whites and others respect us?….I have no respect for you. Rubbish!

  3. OA

    November 29, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Meanwhile Libya is riding on a familiar bandwagon and calling the whole episode “fake news.”

  4. Californiabawlar

    November 29, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Please has any African leader said/done anything about or even acknowledged the issue? What is wrong with us? Is Buhari saying that Nigeria is incapable of handling this situation? I mean WTF is wrong with us? There’s no reason why we should need Europeans… when will we put on our big boy pants? Why are black people such habitual victims? Why?!! I spend a lot of time thinking of what is fundamentally wrong with us ??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

    • Ao103

      November 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Rwandan president offered to take 30,000 of the immigrants and he called on other African countries to do the same. He’s the only one I know of though

    • becca

      November 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Nigeria has been rescuing her citizens and returning them to the homeland. I saw it reported here on BN so yes the govt is doing that much and warning people not to go. But people will carry their self across the sahara to libya & pay traffickers for a floatie to Europe. If europe stopped picking them people would stop risking the journey.

  5. JUA

    November 29, 2017 at 6:15 am

    “Priorities of the investigation are not only to convict those responsible” …. really ?? investigating what exactly? who are you going to interview? … over turn your cities, move in with your armies join forces with Nigeria for manpower if you must ! so the main priority is to convict rather than to save lives??? Africa is truly a dark continent.

  6. Victor Adegoke

    November 29, 2017 at 6:22 am

    This is man’s inhumanity to man. Libya must be condemned by the International Community for this evil. And I still wonder, if u must go to Europe, go through relevant agencies,not illegal means.

  7. Uberhaute_Looks

    November 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Africa is confused…

  8. Mrs chidukane

    November 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Its not confusion. African lives don’t matter to African leaders. That’s just it. They don’t care.

  9. zzzzzzzzz

    November 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

    What the Libyans are doing is really despicable but we should also blame this so called “migrant”. Please if you really want to migrate why not do it the legal way. They are many of them who have paid thousands of dollars (that they could have used here to better their lives) to travel to a place of uncertainty. I would not encourage any European nation to take them in as it would only encourage others. Evacuate them and send them home. I watched the CNN film and most that were sold were Nigerians. Are we at war? even people who live in Boko Haram prone areas moved to other cities in Nigeria to live not crossing the sahara, probably because they would not be able to afford it. I once met some group of jokers who felt that the ultimate in life is to go abroad. They have saved up so much but mind you these people had no skills, no sound educational qualification. One was even saying he will get a white girl to marry him as if europeans are that gullible. No matter how bad things are in the country it has not gotten to the extent of running to Libya to be meted with this type of treatment.

  10. folaji

    November 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Temi Tope didn’t come out right, but he does have a point. Slavery in whatever way it appears should not be condoned, but these people being sold as slaves, put themselves in that position. It is not like they didn’t know the dangers involved with the journey before they embarked on it. they were very well aware and still went. They pay thousands of Euros for this journey, but always usually end up without cash on the way, putting themselves at the mercy of the smugglers. History has taught us that there will always be evil people in this world, when people foolishly and intentionally play into their hands, the evil people should not take all the blame. Yes, let the ones in captivity be rescued, but the bloody African migrants should stop the stupid migration. The money they pay for the journey could be used for something good at home. It is the children they carry along on the journey i truly feel for. The ones being sold as slaves are even the lucky ones. Most of them are being caught and used in for the organs blackmarket

  11. Mamamia

    November 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Most of them sold were Nigerians because we have a crappy system of governance and no sense of dignity, while I condemn such inhumane actions by the Libyans, these migrants will now learn to do things the right way, there are ways to migrate without having to put your lives in danger. And, that man they call Buhari and his cohorts that are yet to acknowledge the gruesome act being faced by Nigerians, deserves to be put up for sale.. I really hate being Nigerian most times, especially, when I see things like these which have now become a norm.

    • memeem

      November 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      my dear even with all these news around there is still someone out their who is willing to take the risk. Some black men will never learn. them say dog wey no gree hear his master hone will find himself useful in calabar man pot of afang

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