I was going to bring up a serious and unfortunate event that’s been going on in Libya in class when Professor Oerlemans, or someone else, compared the duties of clones in Never Let Me Go to slavery, but I just didn’t have the courage to raise my hand and speak up about it without cracking my voice.
When we talk about slavery, we talk in past tense because for us, it’s something that we think has been resolved and something that will never happen again. Sad to say, there has been a slave trade going on in Libya, where 400,000 to almost one million refugees and migrants are forcibly kept at detention centers, and have been, are, and will be sold off as laborers in slave auctions.
BSLU put up a bunch of paper posters about this issue around the campus at the start of this week, but because of the crappy weather, a lot of the posters were ruined, therefore a lot of people didn’t get the chance to learn about this grave issue, and why I’m writing this blog post.
Dehumanization is the biggest sin we can commit as human beings! I know we differ in physical features, beliefs, ranks, and in gazillion other ways, but we all have a moral compass inside us that distinguishes between what’s right and wrong. Slavery is wrong and there is no reason why anyone should argue otherwise.
ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE:
- I urge you all to first educate yourself about this issue and then bring awareness by telling those around you
See this link to get a better understanding: http://time.com/5042560/libya-slave-trade/
- Write to US ambassador to the UNITED NATIONS/ Libya
- Sign a global petition for the U.N Security Council to take immediate action:
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS DOCUMENT, CRAFTED BY BLSU MEMBERS: