Slavery still today in Mauritania

  

A chapter in Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America, explores the continuing existence of slavery in the world, whether "de facto" or, as usual, carried out by a society's criminal and/or greedy elements.
     One nation not mentioned in the book but where slavery is still a problem is the northwestern African country of Mauritania, a country dominated by its Arab and Berber majorities just south of the Western Sahara, controlled by Morocco.

     It was not until 1981 that Mauritania became the last nation on Earth to outlaw slavery, but that was mainly a legal nicety.

     Between 40,000 and 90,000 of its 3.8 million people are believed to be held in households in a hereditary slavery system, passed from generation to generation.

 

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