Mauritania commits to ending modern-day slavery


Slavery is a historical practice in Mauritania and both adults and their children are the property of their masters.

The Haratin, who make up the main “slave caste”, are descended from black African ethnic groups along the Senegal river. They often work as cattle herders and domestic servants.

The West African country has the highest prevalence of slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index, which estimates that 4 percent of the population - or some 150,000 people - are living as slaves.

Absolutely shocking.

I’ve been around the block for a while but I have never heard really anything about Mauritania or that slavery was legal in this country until 2007 and that it is still being widely practiced there.

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The country is nearly 100% Muslim,[50] most of whom are Sunnis. The minority Sufi brotherhood, the Tijaniyah, has had great influence not only in the country, but in Senegal and Morocco as well. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nouakchott, founded in 1965, serves the 4,500 Catholics in Mauritania. There are extreme restrictions on freedom of religion and belief in Mauritania; it is one of thirteen countries in the world which punishes atheism by death.


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