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MAURITANIA: A FORMER "SLAVE" ON HIS WAY TO THE LEGISLATIVE

The legislative scheduled for September in Mauritania are among the candidates an atypical profile: the Habi Mint Rabah, a former "slave".

Descendant of slaves, Habi Mint Rabah had itself spent over thirty years in bondage. But those years of slavery have not managed to bury his dreams in politics. Today, the young woman hopes the rest get a ticket MP in a Parliament accused of being pro-slavery, and so the voice of those who have experienced the same fate.

The history of Mint Habi Rabah with slavery begins very early, from the age of five, she told the BBC. At that age, she already had to take care of livestock and suffer the repeated rape of his "master", she adds. "I always thought, without really understanding that it was normal."

It was only in 2008 that it managed to get out of the jails of his "master" through his brother, a freed slave. The latter appealed to human rights organizations and the NGO Anti-Slavery Initiative Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), led by activist Biram Dah Abeid.

In a country long marked by racial and social disparities, Biram Dah Abeid think the woman might have a nice card to play at the next elections.

"She is a victim of slavery that we have released, she joined us, she is an activist and will show against the pro-slavery group dominating the next parliament," says Biram Dah Abeid.

Slavery was officially abolished in Mauritania in 1981, but up to 43,000 people were still victims in 2016, or about 1% of the population, according to an Amnesty International report released in March, citing e

Source : afriquemedia

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