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Dossier August 2012

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

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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