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Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery

by Samuel Cotton

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Mauritania. I'll need to do some more reading, but this looks like a book to teach with. Cotton, a journalist and graduate student, flew to Senegal and Mauritania to substantiate reports of ongoing chattel slavery of black Africans to Muslim/Arab Africans. I think Bales's [b:Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy|178676|Disposable People New Slavery in the Global Economy|Kevin Bales|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172462974s/178676.jpg|172615] will be a good and more recent follow-up. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
A heart-sickening account of the widespread slavery in Mauritania and surrounding nations. Slaves make up a significant percentage of the Mauritanian population and have spilled into Senegal, Libya etc. as well. I had been aware before that slavery existed in Mauritania and Sudan, but I have never read a detailed journalistic description of it before. I was absolutely horrified by the stories and accompanying photographs. The Mauritanian slaves are treated every bit as badly as black slaves in America had been -- perhaps even worse. Most disturbing of all, however, is the attitude of many of the slaves: they, like their masters, see it as just a fact of life, part of the order of things. Allah made masters and Allah made slaves and never shall the two be equal.

This is not only a factual account but also a memoir. The author, a graduate student in sociology and a part-time journalist, started off on a one-time assignment to write a magazine article about a problem that may or might not exist in a country he'd never heard of. He wound up becoming an activist, testifying before the Senate, visiting Mauritania, etc., because he was so moved by the facts he uncovered in his research. Alas, it's been more than a decade since this book was written and I don't believe things have changed much for the slaves in Mauritania. More yet remains to be done. ( )
  meggyweg | Dec 20, 2010 |
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