Tragic Events in Libya

Tragic Events in Libya

Emily Rodriguez, Reporter

First they were burned, then they were whipped, and their families received the videos. It was brought to awareness in November 2017 of the slave trade occurring and Libya with Nigerian immigrants from live auctioning to being held at camps, these migrants have suffered a lot.                Although the Libyan Special Forces have tried to save as many lives as they could, the captors have still found ways to capture innocent men, women, and children for labor and money. Nigerian migrants would come from sub-Saharan Africa in hopes of traveling to Europe with the help of Smugglers, those Smugglers being their captors and taking them to Libya instead of Europe. Estimates from the United Nations (UN) put the number of migrants in Libya  to seven-hundred-thousand. For years the migrants that cross the Mediterranean Sea come back with stories of beatings, kidnapping, enslavement, and now being burned alive. The disturbing video clips of these horrific actions were being sent to the families of the victims as an attempt to pressure and blackmail them to send the captors money for the victim’s life. As one of the many clips being played viewers can hear the slap of the whip, the whimpering as each man is forced to turn to the camera and beg his family to send money. The relatives of the victims stated that they posted the violent videos on social media to attract awareness of the crimes that are occurring in Libya, surely the Libyan Special Forces had traced where the men were being held.  The forces raided the location in the city of Sirte, where they arrested four men and freed eight abductees. Another one of the video clips shows at least five victims lying on the ground. They were asked by two men off camera to show their faces and can be heard calling on family members by name and begging them to transfer money so they can be released. In the following clip filmed at the same time and location the five men in the previous video were now laying on their  fronts as they were being beaten, their backs covered in scars possibly fresh flesh wounds. The camera moved from one man to the next as they are forced to address their families or whomever the video will be sent to. Meanwhile the families try to do their best to send help and spread awareness on these gruesome attacks.