Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Muammar Qaddafi Apologized for the Arab Slave Trade

Muammar Gaddafi [Qaddafi]

As reported by Press TV, on 11 October 2010  --  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has apologized to African leaders on behalf of Arab nations for their involvement in the African slave trade.
"I regret the behavior of the Arabs… They brought African children to North Africa, they made them slaves, they sold them like animals, and they took them as slaves and traded them in a shameful way. I regret and I am ashamed when we remember these practices. I apologize for this," Gaddafi said on Sunday at the Second Afro-Arab summit in Sirte, Libya, Reuters reported.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and a number of other African heads of state attended the summit.

Gaddafi also warned leaders about an increasing threat of annexation and division in Africa in the event that the Sudanese decide to split the country into two states.

Oil-rich Southern Sudan plans to hold a referendum in January 2011 on whether it should remain part of Sudan or establish an independent state.  (source: Press TV)

According to The Examiner, "Qaddafi apologized to African leaders for the Arab slave trade in Africa," on 16 October 2010, by Jaja Atenra  -- ... Qaddafi continued his apology by saying, “Today we are embarrassed and shocked by these outrageous practices of rich Arabs who had treated their fellow Africans with contempt and condescension. We should now recognize this issue, denounce it vigorously and place it in its true dimension.”

Contrary to many people beliefs, the Arab slave trade predates the European slave trade in Africa. The Arab slave trade began in the 7th century and lasted more than 1000 years. Africans were taken from present-day Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and transported to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, and other parts of the Arab world. The Arab slave trade stretched over three continents at its peak.

African male slaves, who were often made eunuchs, were employed as servants, soldiers, or laborers by their Arab owners. An eunuch is a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction; eunuchs usually guarded the Arab women. African female slaves were mostly purchased as concubines or house servants.  (source: The Examiner)


  1. It's nice to know that he didn't leave this world proud of inhumane act rather ashamed...

  2. The transatlantic slave trade was worse in regards to black people since it specifically targeted black Africans. While the Arab slave trade targeted people of all colors including Europeans. Plus the transatlantic slave trade lead to the scramble for Africa. Also during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries when the Arab slave trade was taking place the strongest black African empires in history, the Mali and Songhai empires, were flourishing and at the peak of their power. The Arab slave trade was terrible but the transatlantic slave trade hurt Africans during the 400 years it was taking place and it has affected black people globally to this very day. Had there been no transatlantic slave trade and thus no colonialism then Africa would probably be a much, much stronger continent today and black people would have much more power, freedom and wealth.


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