Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 3 says: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Slavery is evil, slavery is disgusting, slavery is inhuman . . .
The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has held the country of Niger guilty in failing to protect a girl from being sold into slavery. Hadijatou Mani was sold into slavery in 1996 when she was a 12-year old girl to El Hadj Souleymane Naroua, a friend of her mother’s master. She was used as a slave by Naroua for 10 years to do unpaid household and agricultural work and was used as a “wahiya” or a sex-slave and was regularly beaten and sexually abused and was forced to bear three of his children. Shockingly, Mani was jailed for bigamy when Naroua opposed her marriage to another man stating that she had become his wife when he set her free in 2005. The court asked Niger to pay 10 million West African CFA francs (10 million XOF / 15,250 EUR / 19,120 USD / 12,200 GBP / 9.54 lakh INR) as damages.
The case of Hadijatou Mani and her child . . . a body blow to modern day slavery in Africa . . .
Though the practice of slavery is banned in Niger, Anti-Slavery International estimates that there are around 43,000 slaves in Niger. Read more about this shocking, barbaric and inhuman practice here. Slavery 👿 is also widely prevalent in other countries in Africa, like Mauritania and Sudan.
Watch a short video about slavery and an organisation that fights this abhorrent practice in Mauritania :
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