Slavery in Africa lecture tonight
Attending a lecture tonight on the long and continuing history of slavery in Africa (primarily of black Africans by Arabs) sponsored by Maranatha_Christian_Fellowship at the U of M.
Here's some background:
Slavery is a very old human institution. Its end in the west was spearheaded by
William Wilberforce of Britain. This is a very interesting article on the
subject: The_Scourge_of_Slavery .
Now naturally we think of a cruel and inhuman institution that was mainly
American. This due in no small part to our civil war. And then I began
reading. Of all the slaves shipped to the western hemisphere less tha 5% went to
North America (mainly the American Slave States). I found out that the
slave trade to the west comprised about 10% of the trade. The vast
majority went to the countries of Islam. In transporting the slaves to the
Americas about 10% died in transit. In transporting slaves to Muslim
countries 80% died in transit. Although the slave trade has ended in the
west it still continues in Islam...