Thursday, 30 November 2017

LATEST NEWS: Libya slave trade- ECOWAS responds to abuse of citizens in Libya

LATEST NEWS:  Libya slave trade- ECOWAS responds to abuse of citizens in Libya


The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, on Wednesday talked on the asserted offer of unlawful African migrants
 "for the most part Nigerians" as slaves in Libya, saying it would not mess with the abuse of its nationals crosswise over nations.

Leader of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza said this while showing the Status Report on the State of the Community to the Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja.

The commission's Vice President, Edward Singhatey speaking to De Souza said investigations have initiated to learn writes about African migrants being abused and sold into slavery in some North African nations.

As indicated by him, ECOWAS does not have enough supports to safeguard migrants in Libya yet has looked for help from the global group for prompt help.

“The problem is that at this point in time, we do not have anything official from Morocco or Tunisia. We hear about it but there is no proper or thorough investigation and there is nothing documented.

“With regard to their inclusion in ECOWAS, they will be bound to ensure that they look after our citizens within their shores; but at the end of the day, there is no guarantee with regards to that.

“Through engagement we will be able to put our interests forward to ensure that these states know that we do not take likely the maltreatment of any of our community citizens and what is happening across North Africa right now is unacceptable.

“We do not know how many exactly of our youths are in Libya or where all of them are because we understand that some of them are being held in different detention centres.

“We do not have enough funds to go to Libya and bring them, so we have written to the International Organisation for Migration for immediate and urgent assistance.

“We are still trying to stop the tide of youths flowing northwards; we have to keep them (youths) by giving them reasons to stay and find decent living for themselves.

“But if we continue this trend with very little funds, there is also very little we can do. We are constantly engaging our donours to try to immediately do something for us.”

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