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Viral Video shows Somali and Ethiopian Migrants and Refugees being held and abused by Libyan gangs

African migrants and refugees travelling to Libya are being frequently abducted, tortured, sexually exploited and made to engage in forced labour. The people smugglers and criminal gangs are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and to demand ransoms (ranging from US$ 8,000-10,000) from their families back home, the UN says.

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Reactions: Stop bashing Gaddafi, he was a great leader and an African hero

Muammar Gaddafi, the slain Libyan leader, still has a big fun club in Africa. This Is Africa has been inundated with angry reactions ever since we published a piece earlier this week titled “The truth about Gaddafi: He was no friend of Africans. He only wanted to rule them” and a subsequent opinion piece titled “Take it from a Libyan, Gaddafi was terrible”. A lot of readers have not been happy with the articles. They feel with are besmirching the reputation of a “great African leader” and “hero”. Here are some of their reactions.

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Reader’s response: Take it from a Libyan,Gaddafi was terrible

What kind of leader was Muammar Gaddafi to his people? Last Tuesday, This Is Africa published a piece about Gaddafi and the opinions he held about Africans. The article concluded that he was an unrepentant racist. Many This Is Africa readers reacted furiously to the piece calling it “propaganda” and “inaccurate”. One of our readers Rabab Douwa, a Libyan herself, begs to differ. Here is her response to those who are defending Gaddafi.

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The truth about Gaddafi: He was no friend of Africans. He only wanted to rule them

Many Africans consider felled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi a hero. It’s not uncommon to see people on social media people use his photo as their profile picture or even post comments about how his removal from power and murder robbed Africa of its best leader. That Gaddafi for some people shares the same exalted place in the pantheon of great African heroes as Nelson Mandela is a shame. Gaddafi only cared for Africans when he wanted something in return. Don’t take our word for it, here is the truth about what Gaddafi thought of Africans in his won words and those of the people close to him.


Obama admits Libya “worst mistake” of his tenure. Could the AU’s negotiated transition roadmap have been a better option?

The admission by U.S. President Barack Obama that the prevailing mess in Libya and “probably failing to plan for the day after, [the intervention]” was the “worst mistake” of his presidency raises questions on the efficacy of foreign military intervention in conflicts across Africa. Looking back, how should the Libyan crisis have been handled? Should the African Union have been given a chance to implement its roadmap for a negotiated transition?