Mauritania Confronts Long Legacy of Slavery

While slavery was abolished in Mauritania decades ago, the country still has the highest prevalence of slavery in the world with 140,000 or more of the nation’s 3.8 million people enslaved.  For years the Arab, or white Moor, government refused to admit that slavery remained a problem in Mauritania but this year, the government finally acknowledged that slavery remains a major issue today created a government agency to wipe out the “vestiges of slavery” in the country.

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