The Christian community has expressed its disgruntlement in the recently discovered human trafficking and slave trade which is reportedly going on in Libya.
Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House Church Bishop TD Jakes recently took to Twitter to condemn this detrimental act and urges people not be silent on the atrocity that is being committed against humanity.
The #LibyanSlaveTrade is an atrocity that has to STOP. We have to partner together & put an end to this horrific disregard for human life. Use YOUR voice to raise awareness! Give support organizations that give aid to countries from which migrants are fleeing! #HumanTrafficking pic.twitter.com/aCeeRfKrkR
— T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) November 29, 2017
In the attached video, the bishop compares the modern-day slave trade happening in Libya, to the Transatlantic slave trade that affected so many Black people in history.
“I’ve got friends Black, White, and Brown who say had they lived in slavery times they wouldn’t have made it because they would have said something. Well, the bad old times are back,” he said.
Other Christian leaders and entertainers have also condemned what is going on in the Northern African country.
Among them is popular worship artist Pastor William Mcdowell, who opened up about his experience in Ghana.
“My heart has been burdened as I learned about the horrible things currently happening in Libya. I’ve been to one of the former slave fortresses in Cape Coast, Ghana called ‘The point of no return’ where slaves were shipped from. I wept then both for the past and because of the realization that this could possibly happen again. And it is happening now. Don’t turn a blind eye. Pay attention to it. @bishopjakes has outlined some solutions to how we can add actions along with our prayers. “
Award-winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin also spoke out, saying,
“I know I’m supposed to promote the tour I’m on right now, but that would be a punk move today in light of the horror we’ve left this country in…. SLAVE TRADING IN 2017….. we must help Libya.”
Other people of faith in the industry such as Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Jeannie Mai also shared their support to finding solutions to end the slave trade in Libya.
Libya has become a modern-day slave market, keeping migrants at the mercy of a complex trafficking web tolerated by the country’s many militia groups, an issue largely ignored by the world, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer said on Wednesday. It has become a stopping center for migrants who attempt to get to Europe by sea. They are entrapped by militia groups, who are circulating these individuals in a complex trafficking web and selling them off for $400.
Narciso Contreras, who spoke to migrants kept as slaves during a documentary photography project in Libya, said global attention focused on the North African country as a gateway for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea.