Slavery in Libya

Deu 28:68 “And YAH shall bring you back to Egypt in ships, by a way of which I said to you, ‘You are never to see it again.’ And there you shall be sold to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one to buy.

“The United Nations (UN) revealed on Wednesday that hundreds of migrants from Nigeria and other West African countries passing through Libya enroute Europe are being bought and sold in what it described as modern-day slave markets before being held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation.”

I haven’t had the chance to sit down and share my thoughts on the slavery taking place in Libya. I usually take my time with such things. I don’t want to echo what everyone else is saying or jump on bandwagons. I want to be logical, spiritual, and develop my own thoughts about it so I’ll just keep this short until then.

If you are new to what’s going on, The Slave Trade has basically reopened and Israelites, so-called Blacks / Africans, are being taken back into captivity throughout Libya. You can catch up on what’s going on HERE   and HERE.

Since I started this blog I’ve spoken about Slavery, the Enslaved and the horrors of this time. I talk a lot about The Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow, Police Brutality, and the overall mistreatment of Blacks in America and the mistreatment of Blacks period. For three years now I’ve tried to give as much historical information as I am able to inform you of these things and in return, I get people who are tired of hearing about slavery. Tired of seeing movies and TV shows and reading books where slavery is present. We believe it is an eyesore that must be covered up and hidden underneath our beds. We want to forget about this time and sugar-coat the details. And when good men seek to help those who need it they are called dictators and thus removed from power.

Few people know that Khadafi tried to help Blacks in Libya before his death. He wanted to protect them and for this, he was called a dictator and killed while American’s cheered their ignorance in front of TV screens that told them lies. (Wag the Dog is a good movie on how TV often controls our perception of reality.)

If there is one thing we should know about slavery is this: At least we knew we were slaves and fought collectively for freedom. Today, we think we are free so we don’t fight anymore. It usually takes us to experience something as traumatic and tragic as this for us to understand and realize where we stand not just in America but all over the world.

While what’s going on in Libya is heartbreaking, I hope that finally, we can see why these stories are worth telling and why these reminders are still necessary. I keep saying there’s nothing new under the sun, that what has been done is what will be done, and that we should not be shocked but to pay close attention to what’s going on in the world. Our eyes may very well witness more tragedy and our hearts more pain.

(FYI: Black History Fun Fact Friday continues next week….been busy but I haven’t forgotten.)

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7 thoughts on “Slavery in Libya

  1. Reblogged this on jhohadli and commented:
    What’s happening in Libya is painful. The colonial era transshipment of generations of Africans and their enslavement in the Americas (including the Caribbean, and North and South America) and in Europe as well under the heel of European powers (not to mention the colonization of Africa itself) is the not too distant past. Distant enough though that people are fond of reminding us that it’s in the past and pressing us to move on. My stance has been NEVER FORGET because this history continues to influence our present in ways we don’t even realize and because if my ancestors had not survived the dark, long night of slavery I would not be here making my own choices in the sunshine. I hold them up because they hold me up. Truly though, slavery has never ended as there have been forms of enslavement from human trafficking for the sex trade to exploitation of labour across the globe (and across industries ranging from fashion/clothing to chocolate/coffee to technology). And we have never truly, seriously, meaningfully addressed the impact of it and possible correctives (like reparations). But perhaps we had been lulled in to believing that the open trade in Africans on the slave market was a thing of the past. The CNN report proving otherwise angered and saddened me (because here were my people AGAIN under the heel of the world) and the easily distracted News was already moving on to other things (something something Drumpf). I’m sharing this post because we need to shed a light on this issue. It also touches on a more complex (perhaps uneasy) reading of African leadership (given the history of Africa). We need to have these conversations.

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  2. What is not mentioned in this writing is that the Nigerians that we’re sold into slavery were sold by other Nigerians and Ghanaians. Slavery occurs openly and daily in Nigeria under the guise of “houseboy/housegirl”. My husband who is a Nigerian was sold into slavery by his aunt when he was 18. This isn’t a new thing in Africa, this occurrence in Libya just so happen to make the latest news, it doesn’t just happen in Libya, you can find slavery throughout Africa and it’s done to Africans by African’s. This isn’t a white man issue, this is an African issue that needs to be addressed in Africa to the people of Africa. America isn’t going to fix this for Africa and neither is the UN so I don’t understand why this news continues to be circulated here just to give Americans another reason to see Africans as animals.

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    • I am not sure where the hostility is coming from. I agree with you. I am simply stating for now that what is happening is not new and that it is important to pay attention to. I never said, nor do I believe, that this is just a “white man’s” issue. So called Blacks, Africans, have been enslaved by every nation in the world, including their own. If this is an attack on this post, you’re attacking me for no reason. Additionally, it doesn’t matter where we are in the world: so-called African Americans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians etc, we are the same people experiencing the same struggle in different parts of the world.

      Gen 15:13 And He said to Aḇram, “Know for certain that your seed are to be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years.

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      • Me speaking THE TRUTH does not mean that I am “attacking you” I have no reason to “attack” you and I’m sorry if you’re taking it that way. This topic of slavery is a very sensitive one that has the tendency to cause minorities to demonize other races unnecessarily which is not a good thing. especially when you bring up the history of slavery in which you seem to know little about. Our fight isn’t against any particular race, our fight is against evil including evil that is caused by our own people. For people to REALLY get a clear and honest picture of what transpired in Libya and what continues to transpire daily in Nigeria and other regions of Africa, they need to know more about Africa and life in Africa as a whole and you know exactly what I’m talking about because you too are a Nigerian. Africa needs to take care of her own- and we need to stop airing our dirty laundry in the public when we know what the real problems of Africa are and refuse to do anything to correct them. Even this time next year there will still be slavery transpiring in Africa- best to send this your story to the governmental officials of Africa and pray for intervention, and even that won’t stop slavery in Africa.

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        • I am not a Nigerian, I am an Israelite and our fight is that we don’t know who we are as people which is precisely why these things are happening. I also find it interesting that you are going to tell me what I know and don’t know when you don’t even know me. It is apparent that you lack the humility to share the so-called TRUTH you are sharing. You’ll catch more bees with honey. I’ve seen enough. Good day.

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          • Sorry “Israelite” sister, Intresting, I have family in Israel. I’m not trying to “catch any bees” and I’m my opinion the TRUTH is honey. The same type animosity that you display because I voiced my own opinion which happens to be the truth is why Africans are selling there own people into slavery. No love or respect for others is what causes these type things. Continue with your anger and I’ll continue with what I know is the truth. Shalom.

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