Earlier this month, on November 14, CNN published an exposé after receiving video footage of a migrant slave auction being held in Libya. The channel then traveled to the North African country to investigate further. The evidence filmed by CNN, who witnessed a dozen men being auctioned off for as little as $400 each, was handed over to Libyan authorities who promised to launch an investigation. However, on Tuesday (November 21), Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought help, asking "the international community to intensify in a spirit of responsibility and joint cooperation to assist Libya." And on Thursday (November 23), it was reported that the Libyan Government of National Accord, which is backed by the United Nations, reiterated that sentiment, looking for assistance from both regional and global partners, stating, "everyone unanimously agreed that addressing this phenomenon exceeds the national capacities."
While Donald Trump has yet to comment on the crisis, he tweeted on Saturday (November 25), discrediting CNN International as "fake news" (see it below).
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017
This tweet has since been used by Libya broadcaster 218 TV to challenge CNN's report and question the credibility of the video.
According to The Guardian, one story from 218 TV suggests that CNN's reports are often written to "secure an as yet hidden political objective." And reporter Jenan Moussa tweeted that the same article implies "legal steps could start to sue the channel (CNN) in international courts for its reports."
Still, though Trump has yet to release a public statement, many celebrities have taken to social media to share their thoughts, begging for awareness and action from both the public and the President.
"What I'm trying to say is, the United Nations never minds their fucking business. They always on somebody's business, some bullshit all the time. I don't understand why they're not making it their problem or priority to help what's going on Libya. You wanna know why they're not making it priority? Or, you wanna know why haven't tried to help Libya? Because Libya has not had a President or any type of government running them for kind of a long time right now. Almost two years, right? And nobody cares. You wanna know why they don't care? Because it's convenient for them because they want free resources, they want their free goods, and that's why they don't give a fuck."
Absolutely no words.— T.I. (@Tip) November 28, 2017
Bringing awareness to this atrocity is
THE ABSOLUTE LEAST we can do.
I'm truly disgusted by the thought of this being possible in this day & age. It's repulsive!!! Don't let this ride.... repost. Kill Your Masters!!!! - @KillerMike voice pic.twitter.com/Ftm3lsJEcX
This is PURE EVIL!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!! Satin is BUSY as a muuufucka. Spiritual Warfare in full effect.What side u on?— T.I. (@Tip) November 28, 2017
Fight Back... Repost!!!! For more info just google "slave trade in Libya" pic.twitter.com/8WvI0fcR0y
LL Cool J
The slave trade in Libya must be stopped. The west used Military force to help the rebels remove Gaddafi. I believe that gives the West the moral obligation to get this country back on a healthy footing. Remove the slave holders by force and help establish a stable leadership— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) November 28, 2017
This is devastating. We must stand up and speak out for our brothers and sisters in Libya. https://t.co/X5SizkD9Sw— COMMON (@common) November 28, 2017
"When they arrive in Libya, they are quickly put into a kind of murder machine, an extortion machine. They are robbed, tortured and sold in open, public slave auctions" https://t.co/owbBd2v5r6— COMMON (@common) November 28, 2017
Once Again: Slavery https://t.co/cxT9u3lzro— Question Love student of Roy Lee 8 (@questlove) November 26, 2017
LIBYA!!!! LIBYA!!!!! NOW!!!!! NOW!!! HUMAN BEINGS ARE BEING SOLD, BEATEN, STOLEN FROM THEIR FAMILIES INTO SLAVERY, MURDERERED @POTUS- ACT NOW!!!!! Here’s your chance. ACT NOW!!!!! pic.twitter.com/HdRzmNsZBX— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) November 26, 2017
Nineteen85 (of dvsn)
Why isn't there more talk of what's happening in Libya?— Nineteen85 (@Nineteen85) November 27, 2017
good morning. Black people are being sold as slaves in Libya.— spread love (@mickjenkins) November 28, 2017
Cedric the Entertainer