Burkina Faso recalls its Libya’s envoy

Minister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Manhattan, New York

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO––Report reaching Globe Afrique indicate mounting diplomatic is brewing between Burkina Faso and Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there.

Over “slave markets” report, Burkina Faso recalls its Libya’s envoy

The foreign minister of Burkina Faso said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador.

Alpha Barry, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister announced the decision by President Roch Marc Kabore in a news conference.

Barry said: “The president of Burkina Faso has decided to recall the ambassador to Tripoli, General Abraham Traore, for a consultation.”

He added that he had also “summoned the Libyan charge d’affairs in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso to express his country’s indignation at the images that belong to other centuries, images of the slave trade”.

The West African nation’s decision followed a broadcast by CNN of footage of what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400, a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past.

Meanwhile, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said last month that a European and African deal to curtail the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe had failed to confront the stark mistreatments they face.

European and African leaders are expected to meet in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan next week, where migration and Europe’s efforts to block it by co-opting Libya will be high on the agenda.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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