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    History of Arab slavery in Africa

    The Middle East has a long history of slavery. It spread to Africa under the muslims, with Africans enslaving other Africans to sell to muslim slave traders. A lot of these men were turned into eunuchs to guard harems. Having an exotic big strong ebony-skinned African man to guard your harem was the thing to do at the time, apparently. Of course they took white slaves from the North to fill those harems. The raids against Europe were as much about filling their harems as it was about conquering new territory.

    Arabs were the first to bring wholesale slavery (as we know it today) to Africa.
    It would be another 400 years before the Portuguese began dealing in this slave trade, which had already been well established on the coasts of Africa.




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    The castration of Black slaves by Arabs still continues to exist in a few parts of Africa.


    A man has escaped to the capital Niamey from northern Niger, saying his master was about to castrate him.
    According to statistics provided by a local human rights group, 20,000 people are still living under conditions of slavery in the Niger - some of them suffering from extreme forms of torture.
    Talking about his ordeal, Mr Mohamet explained that he was being whipped everyday because he was suspected of wanting to rebel against his master.
    He said he had recently been sold to a new owner, known for his cruelty towards his slaves. His new master accused him of rebellion and disobedience.
    Mr Mohamet said if he had not escaped, he would have been castrated this week.

    BBC NEWS | Africa | Niger 'slave' flees castration



    Slavery had been abolished when Niger was a French colony. But an independent Niger only abolished and criminalized it in 2003. One anti-slavery activist said this was only a "charm offensive to please westerners." Everything, apparently, stayed the same on the ground.

    Slave children also work in Nigerís gold mines. Boys are also sometimes castrated, an old Islamic practice. Slave masters are also reported to sometimes separate slave children from their parents at a young age to break the parent-child bond.

    Slavery Defeat In Niger | Frontpage Mag

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