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Niger begins enforcement of ban on slavery

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Saturday March 5, 2005

Around 7,000 people living as slaves in Niger will be told today that they are free for the first time in their lives, as the government begins to enforce a law banning the practice of slavery.
The government is expected to hold a ceremony in the western Niger town of Tillaberi, on the edge of the Sahara, to explain the law to people who have spent their whole lives as the property of their masters.

The chief of the In Ates region will free all slaves in the area under his control, where entrenched slavery means 95 % of the population are owned and controlled by the other 5%.

The announcement marks the first major push by the government to publicise an anti-slavery law passed in May 2004. At least 43,000 people live as part of an established slave class in across Niger, according to a study carried out in 2003 by Niger anti-slavery organisation Timidria in collaboration with Anti-Slavery International.

Slaves in Niger are generally born into an established slave class that works without pay for masters who control every aspect of their lives. Babies are taken from their mothers to prevent bonds being formed in families, and sexual assault and rape are widespread. Slaves are given as gifts or inherited among the slave-owning class.

Those held in bondage have little access to radio and are largely illiterate, so few realise that the law says they can leave their masters if they wish. For many, a lack of economic prospects may mean life does not change very much even once they have been officially freed.

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It is about time a government acknowledged this unspeakable crime, and worked to correct it! Now if only the rest of Western & Northern Africa can follow suit!!
 

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panafrica said:
It is about time a government acknowledged this unspeakable crime, and worked to correct it! Now if only the rest of Western & Northern Africa can follow suit!!

I share your sentiments brother. It's been way pass time.
 

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panafrica said:
Actually they need Arabs to get out of Africa!

Arabs and the uncle Toms that help them enslave their fellow sistahs and brothahs. Absolutely Pan

Thanks for posting this article Destee!
 

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Actually they need Arabs to get out of Africa!
Are you saying that they dont need reparations?? that only if the Arabs get out of Africa than everything will be alright.

I would think that with the discussion on this board about reparations for AA's than most on this board would be all over this. If AA's need reparations for injustices done to our ancestors than I would think someone newly released from slavery is most deffinitly entiteled to reparations in no less than the form of a full education free and clear...
 

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Kingpin said:
Are you saying that they dont need reparations?? that only if the Arabs get out of Africa than everything will be alright. I would think that with the discussion on this board about reparations for AA's than most on this board would be all over this. If AA's need reparations for injustices done to our ancestors than I would think someone newly released from slavery is most deffinitly entiteled to reparations in no less than the form of a full education free and clear...
I somehow doubt you care Kingpin. You don't strike me as a person with a indepth knowledge of African history, Africa experiences, or a connection with Africa in any form. I bet you don't even know what PanAfricanism is! Should these people be compensated? Of course! They should seek this compensation from the Arabs that were responsible for their enslavement. However I don't think you really care whether these Africans receive reparations of not. No your intention is to discredit the argument of African American reparations. Well how are you going to accomplish that over here? Don't try to cause a distraction somewhere else because you can't win that argument! This situation doesn't change the fact your argument against reparations for African Americans is poor, and your knowledge of history is inept!
 

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I somehow doubt you care Kingpin. You don't strike me as a person with a indepth knowledge of African history, Africa experiences, or a connection with Africa in any form. I bet you don't even know what PanAfricanism is! Should these people be compensated? Of course! They should seek this compensation from the Arabs that were responsible for their enslavement. However I don't think you really care whether these Africans receive reparations of not. No your intention is to discredit the argument of African American reparations. Well how are you going to accomplish that over here? Don't try to cause a distraction somewhere else because you can't win that argument! This situation doesn't change the fact your argument against reparations for African Americans is poor, and your knowledge of history is inept!
1.2% of Nigers population is Arab. out of 11 million people that equates to about 130 thousand is that really going to make that big of a difference in Niger???

I have to say that if you heard someone say all blacks need to get out of Europe what would you say? Not everyone acts the same way, you can not lump everyone of one ethnicity together because some are bad. is that not what everyone here fights for every day??
 

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Kingpin said:
1.2% of Nigers population is Arab. out of 11 million people that equates to about 130 thousand is that really going to make that big of a difference in Niger??? I have to say that if you heard someone say all blacks need to get out of Europe what would you say? Not everyone acts the same way, you can not lump everyone of one ethnicity together because some are bad. is that not what everyone here fights for every day??
Well it looks like someone did a country facts search on google! South Africa's white population is about 5% of the country. So by your reasoning it is impossible for them to have oppressed the majority black population? Blacks aren't oppressing people in Europe so your comparison is as weak and inadequate as your argument against reparations!
 

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