disclaimer: this is response is based on my very limited knowledge about Libya, the slavery crisis, Gaddafi, and the lack of a stable government in Libya. I haven’t studied this topic I’m just sharing my opinion.
This isn’t new
There have been talks about Libyans mistreating black Africans for a while now. I first heard about this in Ghana years ago. People were complaining that when they would travel from Ghana to Libya, they ended up being slaves or prostitutes. Most of these people got to Libya with an agent- a middle (wo)man who will promise them a job but after landing there, they find themselves as slaves or prostitutes. This has been happening for a while, I only say this venture into my next point…
The death of Gaddafi wasn’t the starting point
I am not sure where this thought process started, but in the last few days, I’ve heard so many people criticizing the West and especially Obama for causing this. The thought is that, because they went after Gaddafi and killed him, Libyans have taken the liberty to commit these atrocities. I don’t know about you, and I don’t mean to be insulting, but how does that make sense. This mistreatment of black west Africans in Libya was happening under Gaddafi’s nose. Just wanted to put that out there so you can form your conversations about this topic well. Thank me later.
The West has no power over a country without a stable government and why…
Powerful countries do not get involve in crises because of humanitarian reasons. I hate to sound cynical but the fact is, if a country like the USA gets involve with a developing country, it has an agenda and it is usually economical. I guess where I am going with this is, Libya has no stable government presently meaning there are several rebel groups feigning for power. So, lets say the UN or other powerful countries get involved, how would they know who to align with? the answer is they will align with a rebel group that they control. We’ve seen this happen so many times, who is to say it wont happen again.
The plea for the US and UK to get involved on social media
Social media many times get it so wrong. The US and UK cannot touch a rebel group, legally, and I’ll tell you why. Most of the time, these powerful countries have power to make change in developing countries only where there is a stable government in place and they enforce this change by imposing sanctions on the country. Without a stable government, who are you going to impose these sanctions on? a rebel group? come on.
I have a suggestion but lets get back to the fact that I know nothing, but I think one way to get these slaves out of slavery is their various countries making agreements or forcefully getting them back. I’m not sure how they can do it forcefully and I’m not really into violence, so… I don’t how it will look like. But I think Ghana should go for its people, Nigeria too, Gambia, etc… We as Africans need to take control over this situation.
thats all. This is Africa
update: Ghana has reported that many people have been rescued already