For the first time in a while, Celebrities all over Africa have come together to support a cause! We must point out that this follows a post shared by American RnB singer, Chris Brown, addressing the modern day Slave Trade market in Libya where black immigrants are allegedly sold to Europeans for some dollars.
Female immigrants are allegedly bought, locked up and used as sex slaves. Following Brown’s post, this fact became a sensation with many Celebrities taking to their social media handles to call on their government to bring in citizens of the affected countries who are trapped in Libya.
In Nigeria, some Celebrities who have acted on the issue include; 2Baba, Davido, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Omoni Oboli, Adekunle Gold, Simi among a bunch of others.
Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson has also spoken up about the atrocities on her social media platforms among other Ghanaian stars. Kenya’s music group, Sauti Sol have also taken to Twitter to protest the injustice.
The heart wrenching detail of the ordeal that these African immigrants endure are too overwhelming to put into words but safe to say that countless die while trying to escape their masters. A report claims that West African immigrants especially from Nigeria and Ghana are sold for as little as $400 in open slave trade markets.
A report by the UN shares that the trade works by preying on the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to Libya’s coast and then across the Mediterranean into Europe – a route that’s been described as the deadliest route on earth.
Libya is the main gateway for people attempting to reach Europe by sea, with more than 150,000 people making the crossing in each of the past three years.
Since there is no proper registration process for the tens of thousands of refugees arriving in Libya, the business of detention centres is unsupervised in some parts of Libya and stories of torture, rape and forced labour have emerged, the report asserts.
When the centres get too crowded, people are then allegedly sold off like goods in an open market.
The social media protest however seem to be working on the government as although Nigerians in the past couple of months have been brought back to the country, between last night and today, over 300 Nigerians touched down Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
Say no to slave trade in Libya!