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‘We Cannot Remain Silent’: Rwanda Offers to Take in 30,000 African Migrants at Risk for Being Sold Into Slavery

It has almost become mantra these days: “I can’t believe that this is happening in 2017.” The way race relations in the U.S. are going, we could be in 1917, or 1817, especially with the recent expose of the sale of people – black people – in this the year of our Lord.

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After a critical CNN report showing Footage of African migrants being sold at auctions in Libya has been circulating the internet, and many are shocked and highly disturbed that human beings are being traded for as little as $400.

Libya, which has fallen into a void since the death of Muammar Gaddafi, is the last stopping point on the continent before migrating the treacherous Mediterranean to Europe. Hundreds of thousands of Africans from countries all over the continent have attempted to travel to Europe in recent years, resulting in thousands of drowning deaths.

Incredibly the East African country of Rwanda has offered refuge to around 30,000 African migrants who are being exploited and living in slave-like conditions in Libya.

The Rwandan foreign ministry released a statement last weeksaying it stands in solidarity with its “African brothers and sisters still held in captivity.”

Rwanda, like the rest of the world, was horrified by the images ofthe tragedy currently unfolding in Libya, where African men, women and childrenwho were on the road to exile, have been held and turned into slaves. GivenRwanda’s political philosophy and our own history, we cannot remain silent whenhuman beings are being mistreated and auctioned off like cattle.

The Government and people of Rwanda stand in solidarity with our Africanbrothers and sisters still held in captivity. Rwanda may not be able to welcomeeveryone but our door is wide open. We are ready to work closely with theAfrican Union, the private sector, as well as other friends and partners toensure that we can provide minimum comfort to those in need.
The “history” that the Rwandan government speaks of is a four-year Civil War which left 800,000 Rwandans killed and many more maimed. Rwanda was at the center of one of the largest refugee crises of the 20th century and two million fled the nation to neighboring countries.

Libyan officials have condemned the practice of slave trading but said that they required more support from the international community.

 

***NEWS*** FRANCE***
Black Storm in the Champs Élysée in Paris, yesterday to protest against slavery in Lybia.
The EU took financial agreement w/ Lybia state regarding african migrants. Do they agree w/slavery too? Will EU take action against this crime? Respect Human Rights? pic.twitter.com/eEYFT1sJ6m

— Alida (@honeynoir) November 19, 2017

 

🇫🇷 PARIS: Riot police use tear gas to disperse a protest against Libyan slavery and human trafficking. (Video: @ClementLanotpic.twitter.com/Te8Nn6mCuv

— Keith Walker (@KeithWalkerNews) November 18, 2017

 

The United Nations held an emergency session on Wednesday, calling the practice a “crime against humanity” and many Parisians took to thes treets last week in protest (of course, the majority of them being black on the Champs-Élysées it went bad ).

source: the root

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