In Libya, slavery must stop
A few days ago, the whole world was thrilled by the discovery of a report by the American channel CNN, a report taken up by all the international media. It was discovered with astonishment that slavery was a common practice in Libya and other countries in the Near and Middle East. We learned that for 800 Dollars, some could "afford" a man or a woman ...
CNN's investigation proved the existence of a sub-Saharan slave market in Libya. In August 2017, the American television channel CNN was acquainted with a video shot somewhere in Libya where you can see Africans being auctioned. "Eight cents," says the one who serves as auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars, the equivalent of $ 800, a man is "bought" by a Libyan. CNN journalists then conduct the investigation and travel to Libya to verify the authenticity of the video. In October, the channel manages to film a similar hidden camera sale in the middle of the night in Tripoli.
But the world is fast forgetting. One information chasing the other, everyone went back to his little habits. Except that in Libya, you can always buy a human for 800 dollars ...
This is not acceptable. It's not even conceivable. This is monstrous.
We must fight for Europe and the United States to take their responsibility in restoring dignity to every human person.
In a column of the newspaper Le Monde of November 29, the Chinese novelist Hemley Boum denounced the hypocrisy of Europe and the United States and wrote:
In Africa, black people often tell stories of racism in the Arab countries of the Maghreb and the Middle East. This goes from the repeated vexations that makes them undergo the Royal Air Maroc crew with the glances torves in the souks of Marrakech, Tunis or Cairo. From the openly disdainful attitude of teachers in universities to mistreatment until the death of "little maids" in Lebanon. The list is not exhaustive and the possibilities of appeal, insignificant. The treatment inflicted on sub-Saharan Africans in Libya is a vertiginous consequence of the idea that a black man can be bought, sold and tortured without causing a state of mind. A relentless logic that has prevailed for centuries and that already justified the Arab and transatlantic treaties. We were wrong to judge the past practice, to think that in this twenty-first century of wealth and openness, we Africans would no longer see this ignominy. We neglected the warning signs and refused to face reality. "
And further Hemley Boum wrote:
"The whole world is offended by slavery in Libya, as if slavery were an independent entity, formed alone, behind our backs, without our knowledge, against the will of the brave people we all are. As if African societies were not so desperately ossified, so hopeless that part of their population would rather die trying to live better. "
Europe and the United States, for having sold and bought men and women at some point in their history, can not do nothing.
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