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FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY
Transcript of FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY
Slavery as defined by The Slavery Convention (1926), is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.
According to the Organisation, Free the Slaves, for over 100 years slavery has been illegal.
There are 21 to 30 million people in slavery today.
Slavery generates about $150 billion for traffickers each year!
SOMEONE IS IN SLAVERY IF HE IS:
Forced to work
Owned or controlled by someone
Physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his freedom of movement.
Who is she?
Mende, a Nuba girl, born in 1982 was abducted by one of the Arabian raiders when she was a teenager (12 - 13) and was separated from her family and then sold to a wealthy Arabian family who lived in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, where the dark years of enslavement began. Her Arabian owners called her “Yebit,” or “black slave.” She called them “master.” She was subjected to horrifying physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own.
What Might The Perpetrator's Thoughts Be?
Mende's masters thought that keeping a slave would be much cheaper than paying a maid. In addition, Mende was just a child at that time and did not have much knowledge about slavery and her rights. She also did not have much power to do anything against her masters as she was always scared of them, thinking that they are very powerful. Furthermore, the cost of having a child slave is lesser than the cost of having an adult slave. For example, a child would eat less than an adult. Moreover, it is easier to control children, and these could be some of the reasons why Mende's masters chose her to be their slave.
What Might Mende's Thoughts Be?
Mende Nazer, after successfully escaping from her masters with the help of two Nuba men in London, described her experience, “I had to do very hard work, I had to do everything: clean the house and big yard, wash clothes by hand and look after her children; [over time] there were five. After she saw I was clean she had me cook. Everything that was mine was kept separate …. After a while, I started to play with the children, and the children liked to play with me; I liked to play, I was still a child…. Before [being captured] I was in school, now I am not ... I was beaten for every single thing, even for something that was not my fault" - Mende.
What Are My Thoughts?
It is disgusting to know that someone could take away someone elses childhood, dreams and separate them from parents and family, take away their right to education, freedom of choice and freedom of movement. All the seven or eight years of slavery, Mende was dying to see her parents, siblings and her village everyday. She yearned to be loved and cared by someone and I believe these are the most important things desired by a child. I am amazed to see how strong Mende is and she has moved on with her life after escaping and now works as a human right activist.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HELP?
WHAT COULD WE DO TO END SLAVERY?
WE CAN DO THIS!
FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY
"If there is one abuse that offends our conscience in every way, it is the enslavement of a human being. No child should be born without hope; no person should live without freedom." - Desmond Tutu.
GO TO THESE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS' WEBSITES
SPEAK AND LISTEN
MORE PEOPLE WOULD FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY
Make EVERYONE aware of this ISSUE
Hear to what others suggestions as it might me helpful
Use SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES to create AWARENESS
“Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther King Jr.
What Is It?
The Costa del Sol, Southern Spain, is where tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are farmed for Britain, Germany and Holland. Spending more than $2.5 BILLION on fresh vegetables, almost all the supermarkets in Europe purchase their vegetables from here. However, this profit has only been possible because of these thousands of migrants from Eastern Europe and Africa who are known as cheap workforce. Many migrants live in abandoned farmhouses with a very poor sanitation. This place is less than a mile away from the tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol. Illegal migrants who arrive from Africa are sent here by the authorities to work in the greenhouses. In addition, it is estimated that about 100,000 migrants live in this region, most without legal documents.
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What Do The Perpetrators Think?
“The employers (farmers) want cheap workforce which they can hire or fire whenever they want, to help cut production cost - especially in this economic crisis, when supermarket buyers have been squeezing their margins” - journalist.
What Do The Victims Think?
“It’s slavery again, as if we were in the 16th century” - Worker 1.
“You have to close your mouth about the conditions and how they pay.” -Worker 2
What Do I Think?
This shows that the workers know it is illegal but they have no choice. They were illegal migrants in the country, but does that mean the employers should take advantage of their circumstances and violate their rights as human beings?
THE WEBSITES ABOVE SUGGESTS US WAYS IN WHICH WE COULD HELP END SLAVERY.