Originally posted on The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery:
By John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee, CNN
(CNN) — Dozens of CNN iReporters recently uploaded videos of themselves telling escaped slaves in Mauritania that “we are with you” in the struggle for freedom. The videos follow a CNN project called “Slavery’s Last Stronghold,” which documented slavery in the West African country.
Mauritania was the last nation in the world to abolish the practice, and a UN representative estimates 10% to 20% of Mauritanians still live in a form of slavery.
The iReport videos came in from all over the world — and each began with the phrase “we are with you” in Hassaniya, the language spoken by a group of women who attend classes at a center for escaped slaves in Nouakchott, the capital. In the iReport videos, an African-American woman shared a few lines from a slave song her ancestors sang. School children in South Korea chanted “we…
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