In Mauritania, a group advocates for ex-slaves

October 27, 2011

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People stand outside their home in Nouakchott, Mauritania, where slavery is a long-standing practice.

The word ‘slavery’ conjures up images of 18th century slave ships and people locked in chains. But slavery is still alive and well in some parts of the world.

In the Maghreb nation of Mauritania, slaves comprise roughly 20% of the population.

Will Everett reports from the capital Nouakchott.


This story originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.