In 2019, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity recognized the May 25 – African Liberation Day commemoration under the theme “Africans, Not for Sale: Stop Slavery and Human Trafficking!”
Slavery is still rampant in Africa with the continent registering the highest rate of modern-day enslavement globally. According to 2018 Global Slavery Index, an estimated 9.2 million Africans live in servitude. Most trafficked persons particularly the vulnerable groups such as children are engaged in domestic labor while women are kept as unpaid maids and taken advantage of sexually. The situation has become dire following the recent case of slave auction in Libya where dozens of people believed to be migrants and refugees are being sold for barely USD 400 to their new masters.
African societies continue to face a lifetime of exploitation especially in countries where people are known to be the descendants of slaves and are treated as property by their masters. Descent-based slavery is still prevalent in African countries such as: Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Sudan , Libya and Mali. Africans Rising thus called upon all Africans to act and stop this scourge of slavery. In 2019, our annual May 25 – African Liberation Day mobilization occurred in 137 events across 56 countries, including 49 countries in Africa.
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