Selling of migrants in Libya is the highest act of human right violation in 21st Century

Monday, December 04, 2017

The world’s most energetic but yet poor and vulnerable cohort as migrants and refugees in Africa’s desert nation of Libya are being abused and auctioned off as slaves.

The news is painted everywhere; on streets, newspapers and the social media seeing hundreds of people being sold in modern day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.

Executive director of Gambia National Youth Council, Lamin Darboe, has condemned the inhumane act perpetrating on migrants in Libya, calling it the highest act of human right violation in the 21st Century.

Mr. Darboe said the act was “terribly” unfortunate and “we are deeply concerned and dismay at the horrific act of human beings being sold as slaves.”

Pictures and live videos of tortured and strangled migrants, claiming to be carried out in Libya were shared and trending on Facebook and Whats App social media with blood stains all over their bodies and clothes.

Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ousainou Darboe had equally condemned the act in a statement issued on behalf of the government and called on world leaders to act and address the situation.

Mr. Darboe said they at the NYC did not yet receive any complain from Gambians in Libya but they are deeply concerned because Gambians forming a large part of migrants in the North African desert country. “Even whereas Gambians are not involved, the act is an insult to mankind.”

After the fall of Libya’s long time ruler Muammar Gaddafi – a close ally of Gambia’s former president, human trafficking and people smuggling remained a lucrative trade in Libya.

Mr. Darboe said majority of the young people participate in the move to Libya and elsewhere in Europe in unworthy boats via the Mediterranean Sea because of frustration and that is compromising their dignity as human beings.

He said it is a prerogative on governments to listen to the needs of young people to understand what they want and how to redirect their focus. “We at the council have concluded assessment of 300 young migrants from Libya. They will be trained and engaged to start their own businesses.

Author: Amadou Jallow