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Evidence: Barbarism still ongoing in Libya [Videos]

January 30, 2018 at 06:26 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018 at 06:26 am | News

A migrant looks out from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January 2017.

In November 2017, the world woke up to the shocking video confirming the reports that hundreds of people have been auctioned in modern-day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.

The footage that emerged after an investigation conducted by CNN brought international attention to the exploitation of migrants and refugees in the north African country and the EU’s hand in the crisis.

It further rallied leaders from Europe and Africa to take action to stop the abuses by agreeing on a plan to evacuate scores of migrants who were stuck in prison camps in Libya.

But, two months down the line, more images and videos have emerged once again showing the ordeal of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya.

In one of the video clips, viewers can hear a man whimpering and being forced to turn his head to the camera and beg his family to send money.

The disturbing videos were shared by the desperate families of the victims on social media in a bid to raise awareness of their plight.

Within a matter of days, Libyan special forces had traced where the men were held.

A statement from Libya’s Special Deterrence Forces, which operate under Libya’s Ministry of Interior said four men were arrested and eight Sudanese abductees were freed.

Nevertheless, these latest video clips show the extent at which African migrants are still being tortured and deprived of humanity in the north African country, despite global outrage that sparked the earlier exposé.

For years, Libya has had to cope with an influx of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom hope to transit in Libya to Europe with the help of smugglers.

These migrants have often returned with stories of how they were beaten, kidnapped, or enslaved.

Warning: The videos below contain graphic content of torture and pain suffered by migrants in Libya.

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