Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Objective 'Zero Hunger' 2030: Lambert Wilson and UN's FAO tell us how

Read more

FOCUS

Bosnians help out as migrants pour in

Read more

ENCORE!

Masego: Meet the 'TrapHouseJazz' musician getting 55 million hits on YouTube

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Saudi Arabia and Donald Trump: How deep do business ties run?

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

A pretty picture: Investing in the booming contemporary art market

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US backs off branding China a currency manipulator

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'No free press in Arab world': Washington Post publishes Khashoggi's last column

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Gay couple speak out on surrogacy: 'It's not about exploiting someone'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Global competitiveness report ranks African countries

Read more

Africa

Video: 'The smugglers in Niger sell you to Libyan slave-dealers'

© Screen shot of Modibo.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-11-24

Modibo, a 16-year-old Malian who arrived in France a few weeks ago, wants to warn those in western Africa planning to come to Europe about the reality of travelling via Libya.

“You mustn’t venture there,” he says about Libya. “You mustn’t cross this country. You become an animal there.”

The young, angry migrant would like other Africans thinking of travelling through Libya in order to reach Europe that they won’t escape slavery, torture or death.

Modibo knows what he’s talking about; he’s lived through it. Currently hospitalised in France after being subjected to numerous acts of torture, he is keen to alert migrant populations about the dangers of slavery which, according to his knowledge, start in Niger. This is where the fate of the migrants is sealed, he explains off-camera.

In Niger’s town of Agadez, a human-trafficking hub, the smugglers “who come to collect you in the pick-up trucks [to cross the Sahara desert] have already sold you” to Libyan slave-dealers, Modibo recounts. “In Niger, it’s already too late,” he reiterates. “Soon you’ll become an animal because over there you are treated like an animal.”

Modibo: 'The smugglers in Niger sell you to Libyan slave-dealers'

Date created : 2017-11-24

  • CAMEROON

    Cameroon migrants tell of Libya's slave market hell

    Read more

  • FRANCE - LIBYA

    France calls UN Security Council meeting over Libya slave auctions

    Read more

  • REFUGEES

    France to take refugees rescued from Libya who ‘need protection’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)