They come from sub-Saharan Africa seeking security and a better life in Europe only to be detained and exploited – even killed – in a country beset by political chaos. Libya is a gateway for many Africans hoping to escape hardship at home, but for thousands of them the danger of traveling through a nation in turmoil can be just as perilous.
A recent CNN report on what appeared to be a thriving slave trade in Libya sparked outrage in the streets and shock online. The report has prompted demonstrations of solidarity worldwide and demands for immediate action and relief. Many people also used #LibyansAgainstSlavery to challenge myths about its prevalence and discredit images purportedly showing abuse of Africans at the hands of Libyans.
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Refugee Radio Network