Many people are unaware that slavery is alive and well today in various parts of the globe and in Africa, especially in the West African country of Mauritania. It is estimated that over 600,000 people are held in the condition of slavery in Mauritania. Biram Dah Abeid is the leading spokesperson, advocate, and organizer for the destruction of slavery in Mauritania and is responsible for the very first mass demonstrations against slavery in the history of Mauritania. He has made the announcement to the world that the Civil Rights Movement has officially come to Mauritania! He has had to suffer jail, beatings, and torture at the hands of the Mauritanian government and still continues to be the leading voice of freedom, dignity, and democracy in Mauritania.
Kirwan Institute, InternationalStudies, Center of African Studies, FrankHale, Jr. CultureCenter,
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,The African History Collective (Cols,OH)