Mauritania: Slavery's Last Stronghold
The Abolition Institute was inspired by a groundbreaking CNN report “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” documenting the horrors of widespread race and descent based slavery in the West African nation of Mauritania. Mauritania did not criminalize slavery until 2007 and laws against the practice are not enforced. The respected Global Slavery Index ranked Mauritania as the nation with the largest percentage of its own people enslaved - over 155,000 people still in bondage.
Conditions for slaves in Mauritania are inhuman, with women and children facing the worst abuse. Women are frequently raped by their masters and their children can be taken from them or even killed. 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. It has successfully won over $4 million in funding to fight slavery in Mauritania and its region, generated worldwide media attention to the abuses of the country’s slavery system, and worked in close partnership with courageous grassroots activists in Mauritania.
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.