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Mauritania: Complex Problem of Slavery

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritania, Ethnicity & Race, History, Human Rights

Erin Pettigrew discusses the complex problem of slavery [1] in Mauritania: “I’ve been working in Mauritania on and off for the past eight years and this issue of ‘slavery’ is still one I am struggling to fully understand. I certainly cringe every time I see a young black child working in someone’s home, whether they be Black or Arab, in Mauritania and these relationships of work and pay are rarely clear to me.”