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Posts Tagged ‘Slavery’

From forced labour in fairs to child begging, US study reveals new forms of slavery

Robert Galbraith/Reuters     By Anastasia Moloney From the exploitation of workers in carnivals to forcing people into door-to-door sales, more under-reported forms of modern slavery are emerging in the United States which need to be tackled, according to a report released.

Child trafficking: A menace in India

Reuters photo   By Jose Kalathil According to Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organisation, India has the largest number of modern slaves in the world with more than 18 million trapped as bonded labourers, forced beggars, sex workers, and child soldiers.

Tears of Shame

By Zeeshan A. Shah   If you wish to thrive for 100 years, then educate your Children  – Dalai Lama     In a recent UN report on Sustainable Development Goals –SDGs, Pakistan has been identified as having one of the worst indicators in Education Development. It has saddened many of us to know that […]

The Forgotten

Jewel Samad/AFP   By Zeeshan A. Shah On August 30th every year, the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, many countries around the world falling back to recall the gravity of the crisis – a shocking and terrifying experience that some of us went through in our lives; the loss of our precious children. […]

Early African Historians’ Writings Before 1945: Precursors of Modern African Historiography

By Durodola Tosin This essay intends to examine the ways by which the early African historians’ writings before 1945 could be considered precursors of modern African historiography. We examine four early African historians – Carl Reindorf of Ghana, Sir Apolo Kagwa of Uganda, Jacob Egharevba of Benin and Samuel Johnson of Nigeria, their works, writings and […]

Please don’t call me ‘Third World’

By Joe Khamisi  I get furiously disgusted when I hear people using the term “Third World” in reference to poor, less developed countries like mine. This is a term peddled loosely by toms, dicks, and harrys in the so-called “developed” countries to despise, insult, and degrade young nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, that are […]

DRC: The challenges faced by domestic workers in Goma

Paul Bettings   By Byobe Malenga A shortage of employment in various African countries is driving many people to focus on jobs such as retail and domestic work in people’s homes. In Goma, in the politically sensitive region of North Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, this trend is affecting fathers, mothers and even girls […]


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Activists hope Mauritania court rulings signal ‘beginning of the end’ for slavery

REUTERS/Joe Penney By Kieran Guilbert (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   A week in which two slave-owners were jailed and two leading anti-slavery activists released from prison in Mauritania could mark a turning point in the West African nation’s fight to eliminate the practice, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Your Community

By Cynthia M. Lardner The young lady doing your manicure, the young boy picking blueberries, your neighbor’s housekeeping, the hotel maid, the man harvesting grapes, the young man delivering flyers to your house, and the worker at the dry cleaners all have something in common:  they are the victims of human trafficking.

The UCL Festival of Culture 2016

By Michael Organ Five free days of culture UCL’s, (University College London), Festival of Culture returns this year with a programme set to showcase the rich diversity of world-class research led by staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

Leader in anti-slavery fight says global effort “has failed” so far

Reuters/Damir Sagolj By Ellen Wulfhorst (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The fight to abolish human trafficking, which claims nearly 21 million victims worldwide, is so far a failure, a top leader in the field said on Thursday, calling for an immediate international effort to coordinate strategic efforts.

Observations of an Expat: A Statute of Limitations on National Guilt

By Tom Arms I propose a statute of limitations on national guilt. My proposal is prompted by the diktat from the politically correct academics of Australia’s University of New South Wales. They have told students that henceforth they should refer to the British involvement in Australia as an invasion, occupation and colonisation.

Trial of former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda begins at the ICC

  By Sylvain Muyali Nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, General Bosco Ntaganda was one of the main perpetrators of the violence that decimated the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. Yesterday he was at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for his trial for crimes against humanity.

The political crime of Belgium in the Congo

  By Joel Savage In 1914, when the Germans invaded Belgium during the war, they committed many grievous atrocities against the civilian population.

Is Slavery the cause of Africa’s underdevelopment?

  A case study of Nigeria By Ajise Vincent In the year 1442 the Portuguese started the transatlantic slave trade by taking solace along a settlement near the gulf of Guinea, now known as the present day Nigeria. There had already been slavery prior to the Portuguese invasion with men and women carted away following […]