The CANA Foundation prides itself on being a multifaceted organization focusing on horses, humans, and habitats. We acknowledge the fact that all three things are synonymous and vital to sustaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem. It was recently reported from multiple news outlets that in 2017 slavery is still a very relevant issue. For those unaware of what I’m referring to; the country of Libya is currently conducting a slave trade. Like most of the world, we here at the CANA foundation were just as shocked and disgusted with this news.
To think that in this day and age something as inhumane and demeaning as slavery is still taking place is truly disheartening. This has to make you question if we are becoming more and more desensitized as a people. To delve deeper into what is actually taking place in Libya; migrants are being put in Libyan detention camps, and then being sold off as laborers in slave auctions. Libya happens to be a main transit point for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. Due to the Libyan Cost Guard cracking down on boats smuggling refugees and migrants to Europe, they are stuck in Libya and are being placed in these horrific detention centers that sell them off in slave auctions.
The Washington Post reported that the European Union and Italy in particular have consciously restricted the flow of migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean Sea. The lack of regard shown by the E.U. and Italy for what happens to these people is just as inhumane as the people enslaving them. As human beings we should be lending our assistance to anyone in need of it. Denying these people entry into your country shows a huge lack of compassion. Hopefully this atrocity being exposed makes more countries lend a hand.
Since this news has been publicized, it is great to see how many people are coming together to do what they can to stop this inhumane act. Multiple news outlets reported that the Nigerian president flew 242 Nigerian migrants back to Nigeria from Libya. It was also reported in Time magazine that the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting and said it would be “stepping up its work” to stop the abuses. Hopefully this shocks the conscience of us all, and forces us to reevaluate how we are living in the 21st century. It is imperative that we learn how to love and respect the things that make us human. One thing to take from indigenous culture is the importance and value placed on all living things. It’s time to rewild and get back to the essence of being humane.