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The situation in Libya is complex and that’s part of the reason it remains so deeply unresolved.

The world is finally paying attention after an exclusive CNN report revealed a modern-day slave trade taking place in Libya. The war-torn North African nation has struggled to gain footing since long-time tyrannical leader Muammar Gaddafi was abruptly ousted, allowing inhumane practices that already existed to flourish. The images of Black bodies being presented on auction blocks could have been plucked from grade school history books, except these were in vivid color and depicted atrocities happening today. For most of us, the last time Libya crossed our minds was in 2011, after a US-led NATO bombing led to dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s removal and death. Satisfied with another war victory, America turned its attention elsewhere, ignoring how Libya was left vulnerable to nearby terrorist groups and other threats. The UN-backed transitional government failed to institute rule of law and with no supervision or support from the countries that upended it, Libya descended into civil war. Currently, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) competes with the Khalifa Haftar government, as well as groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda, which control large expanses of territory. Roughly the size of France with plenty of ungoverned space, Libya became the main transit point to Europe by sea after the European Union began incentivizing African governments to detain migrants. Instead of deterring migrant flow, this policy forced them to travel along more dangerous smuggling routes and increased the amount of people stuck in Libya. It is estimated that between 400,000 and one million refugees, primarily from countries like Eritrea and Sudan, are currently being held in Libya. These men and women fled poverty and violence in their home countries, lured by social media posts that promised a better life. They risked everything to leave, turning over what little they had to smugglers who raped, tortured, and sold them.

Kenneka's death shows that so many weeks, months, and years later since #SayHerName was first spoken, we are still no closer to uplifting and valuing the lives of Black girls, women, and femmes.

Here we are again. Far too soon. It wasn't that long ago that I wrote about the ways that violence and misogynoir against Black girls, women, and femmes are still upheld. We've heard the same arguments made: this pain that we feel is too familiar, the anger that is washing over us from seeing an innocent life callously stolen long before her time is seeping out. Our voices are raw, our fingertips are tired, and we're clawing at what more we could be said, or done, to stop this predatory hunt on the lives of Black girls. But that isn't enough. It's not nearly enough. As usual, the outrage over the murder and violence directed on Kenneka Jenkins has been extended mostly from the efforts of Black women and femmes. There is an overwhelming silence from major news outlets, and those that have expressed any kind of interest in the story have hyper-focused on the details of what Kenneka went though. This post won't be trauma porn; I will not rehash the violence that Kenneka went through before she died. I won't go over the details about how police were lazy and following the playbook check by check to show through their actions that Kenneka didn't matter. I won't do that because I'm tired; I'm exhausted and too full of rage to perform trauma porn for audiences that won't see the humanity of the victims first.

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