S. Sudan’s nationals trapped in Libya, captors demand $7,000 ransom

November 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–At least two South Sudanese have been arrested and being held for ransom by an extremist group in the Libyan capital, Tripoli – according to a relative of the victims interviewed on Friday by Thessherald.

A graphic footage obtained by Thessherald shows an armed man aiming an AK-47 rifle at an unarmed and helpless South Sudanese, while being flogged on the back by another person.

The two victims, Duol Deng and Hoth Yiech, were arrested in Libya while on a desperate voyage to Europe in search of jobs and a better life.

“They (the hostage takers) are demanding $7,000 before they can release the boys,” the relative said on Friday.

The two boys hail from Longechuk County, Upper Nile State.

Libya has for many years been a hotbed of criminal activities, including human trafficking, slavery, and widespread sexual violence often perpetrated against African migrants.

Last month, seven Indian workers were arrested by local criminals, held hostage and demanded a payment of $20,000.

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