Video of Slave Trade In Libya: UN, Buhari, Atiku, Celebrities react

Exclusive CNN footage revealed that slavery still exists in Libya with slaves sold for a mere $400. [Photo credit - CNN]
Exclusive CNN footage revealed that slavery still exists in Libya with slaves sold for a mere $400. [Photo credit - CNN]

Several videos as well as pictures of people allegedly being auctioned off as slaves in Libya has gone viral on the internet and has been met with outrage from citizens of different nations, prompting the UN Secretary-General to call on the international community to “unite in fighting this scourge.”

The main video which was obtained by CNN journalists, who also witnessed the sale of a dozen men in a courtyard outside the country’s capital, Tripoli, shows how unidentified men are offered as a group of “big strong boys for farm work.”

“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the auctioneer, who is dressed in camouflage gear, is heard saying. The men were sold for as little as £300, the U.S. broadcaster reported.

“I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and to bring the perpetrators to justice. I have asked the relevant United Nations actors to actively pursue this matter”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in statement.

After the footage emerged, protests erupted in Paris and other cities, while Libyans expressed solidarity with the victims with the hashtag #LibyansAgainstSlavery.

The Libyan government launched an investigation into the slave auctions, but said the international community needed to provide more support if it was going to tackle the problem.

Meanwhile, prominent celebrities have condemned the happenings in Libya and called for immediate actions by the International Community.

Weeks after CNN started airing videos, President Muhammadu Buhari finally spoke on the incident on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the presidency, Mr. Buhari condemned the act in Cote d’ Ivoire on Tuesday night at an interactive session with members of the Nigerian Community.

Mr. Buhari said it was appalling that “some Nigerians (in the footage) where being sold like goats for few dollars in Libya.”

The president’s reaction comes two weeks after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on November 15 condemned the act.

“It is sad and unbelievable that such horror scenes which belong in the darker pages of the history books, could be re-enacted in this day and age,” Mr. Abubakar, who recently dumped Mr. Buhari’s APC, said according to a statement by his office on that day.


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  • persona

    PT, why the comparison between Buhari and Atiku here?
    In the last 1 year, over 3000 Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya, resettled and even state governments have taken responsibility.
    Its not words but actions that count.
    Has the POTUS spoken even as his country was instrumental to the removal of Ghadafi?
    Has he spoken while the US sold arms to Saudi Arabia that is leading a blockade against Yemen and thousands have died and so many are dying daily due to cholera outbreak?
    Words mean little than action and FG has done right for our citizens stuck in Libya so far.
    I guess Trump is taking it as fake news because it was uncovered by CNN?
    When una finish the money given to you guys by Atiku, you will become rather irrelevant like SR.
    SR has no exclusives anymore because they were once like you are behaving now.

  • AfricanBrother

    Nigerian political elites condemning slavery is laughable ….hypocrites… they are the ones who raped the commonwealth and took their economic freedoms, they way some of these so called elites deal with their domestic staff will make Libya look like Sunday school!
    They put their own children in business class flights and multi million apartments at the expense of these ordinary citizens, and make them vulnerable to slavery in their own search for better economic pastures!
    They all should shut up and cease insulting the intelligence of the rest of us, pretending they are unaware? Where do they think those young Cotonou house girls come from? Yeye people…..may their children fritter and destroy themselves from their stolen loot!

    • Yak


  • thusspokez

    Why are Africans surprised about their governments’ attitude towards their citizens? Africans, in general do not value their own lives; they are, however, quick to show hospitality to foreigners — which is often abused –, but have no regard for their own lives.

    Further, whenever atrocities are committed by others against Africans, the people who go on radio-chat shows and Internet forums to defend the perpetrators and blame the African victims are often Africans themselves.