Mauritania: Slavery's Last Stronghold
A comprehensive and horrifying 2012 CNN report documented that the West African nation of Mauritania is "Slavery's Last Stronghold". At least 10% of the population is still enslaved; a percentage similar to what existed in the United States in 1860 on the eve of the American Civil War. Over 340,000 Mauritanians are enslaved, and only one person in that nation's history has ever been prosecuted for slaveholding.
Conditions for slaves in Mauritania are inhuman, with women and children facing the worst abuse. Women are frequently raped and their children are often taken from them. Brave advocates fighting against slavery in Mauritania are often imprisoned or suffer violence at the hands of pro-slavery forces and the government. Recent photos, displayed above, show those impacted by slavery in Mauritania and the men and women working against it.
In the spirit of the abolitionists from around the world who have fought slavery since ancient times, the Abolition Institute was formed to end the practice in Mauritania forever.
Please take action by sending an instant message to world leaders against slavery in Mauritania, and you can also donate to support the work of the Abolition Institute. Together, we will end this horrific practice and bring freedom to those suffering under Mauritania's brutal slavery system.
Aichana Abeid Boilil Awards
The Abolition Institute will present its Aichana Abeid Boilil Awards – named after the first woman rescued from slavery in Mauritania – on President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, February 12th, 2014 at Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, Illinois.