Day 223

In a lot of ways, slavery has changed since the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. But stepping into Mauritania is like stepping back in time. There, slavery exists much like you would think of it on plantations in the American south in the 1800's. But there's something horribly wrong. Slavery was abolished in Mauritania in 1981. Well, it was officially abolished, but it still exists prominently.

...the routine arrests and beatings of abolitionists show how a ruling elite, having woven slavery into the heart of political power in Mauritania, are fearful of it unraveling...

You can find out more about what slavery in Mauritania looks like in this article. It's not what you would expect.