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Southern trade

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Arab slave traders travelled through northern Mozambique both to reach the interior and to mount slave hunting parties. There is evidence of their passage in the oral tradition. The ruins of slave houses along the coast are also a powerful reminder of the trade. African slaves ended up as sailors in Persia, pearl divers in…

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Comboni and Slaves

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 In the XIX century, Europe reacted strongly against slavery. The first effort was to put an end to the slave trade in the Atlantic. However, also the eastern slave trade became under scrutiny. Missionaries from different Churches and denominations worked hard to free slaves and halt the trade. For centuries, Arab slave traders pillaged villages…

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Slave Routes

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  The slave trade in East Africa was conducted under conditions of utmost brutality by Arab merchants. Slave trade in what is today Kenya was largely curtailed by the presence of Maasai. These were perceived to be fierce warriors, a perception greatly amplified by the Kamba who wanted to keep out competitors in their trade…

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The traders

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  In the area between Lake Tanganyika and the coast, Arab or Afro-Arab traders had established small communities, with their two centres at Tabora and, on the east coast of the lake, at Ujiji. From there, in the 1880s, A. J. Swann – a Protestant missionary – wrote: “The Arab system extended to great distances, and…

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Zanzibar

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  Omani Arabs had been trading slaves along the East African coast for centuries. European travellers reported that most of the royal court’s revenue came from taxes on slave imports. By mid 1800s, one third of the inhabitants of Oman were blacks. At least two thousand slaves a year were absorbed by local demand, while…

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The Dark Trade

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  Even though the etymology is disputed, some scholars contend that Africa is a Phoenician name meaning ‘slave’. Through the centuries – since ancient times – many plundered the continent for raw material and slaves, hence the name. The Atlantic trade was perhaps the greatest challenge to the Africans. Millions of people were abducted and…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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