June 1st, 2012
01:05 PM ET

CNN iReporters send message to Mauritanian slaves: 'We're with you'

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 are with you" in unison. A family gathered in a living room to record a video. Messages also came from Sri Lanka and Germany.

Watch a highlight reel of the clips at the top of this post, and please let us know what you think in the comments.

CNN plans to find a way to show the messages of hope to these women who escaped slavery. By including a phrase in the local language, iReporters ensured that the women who escaped slavery will understand their messages.

Here are two other updates on slavery in Mauritania, following the project:

– Anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid, who was featured in our documentary, was arrested in late April, along with several other members of his group, according to news reports and local activists, after he held a public demonstration in which he burned Islamic texts that he says condone slavery. He was charged earlier this week with undermining national security, Amnesty International spokesman Alex Edwards told CNN in an e-mailed statement. The group considers Abeid and six other activists who are still being detained to be a "prisoners of conscience, held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression."

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization is petitioning for his release.

– In response to CNN's reporting, Anti-Slavery International, a group based in London, posted a donation page where people can money to support a training center for escaped slaves in the Mauritanian capital. That training center, which is operated by a group called SOS Slaves, was featured in our report. To date, $20,600 has been donated to that cause.

Here's more information on how you can help end slavery in Mauritania.

Thanks to everyone who has responded to this project, both on iReport, in comments on the stories and in personal e-mails.

If you're new to the story and would like to learn more, here's an aggregation of all the Mauritania posts on this blog.


soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Welled

    You forgot to count in the "debt slaves"

    June 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      We have slavery here in the states! "indebted servitude" is alive and well with student loans. What about the measly exploiting minimum wage. Whlat about plantation being changed to the Plant?

      June 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
      • Gary

        Why do people insist on making stupid comments online simply because they can type anonymously? This article is about real slavery, something that most know absolutely nothing about. If they did they wouldn't waste making foolish comments to assume themselves.

        June 4, 2012 at 2:08 am |
      • gager

        Borrow money and you are expected to pay it back. Borrow money to get an education in something of no economic value is less than stupid.

        June 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |
      • Evah

        You tell it the way it is! Good Job!

        June 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • Welled

        Students are trained for the future. They are well aware of that. Student loans are nothing wait till you get a house that took only 3 months to build and you have to make 30 years of payment on it. See deal is the more you owe. The more you will do. So another words. Elementry school and High School would train you in a variety of subjects. Reading, writting and arithmetic. It teaches you all the basics of working at say Wal-mart. When you have a monetary system that is nothing but lending and loans all the labor flows to the top. Say you get a degree your trained for something else of a higher degree in the "empire" as I like to call it. See they need people with more "advanced training" to work on enhancing or furthering the assets they are most interested in. You get the same deal as the high school student however you get even more debt. A house a car some food and they get all the assets. See you can say well hey we are smart. We avoided the draft. Fact is you were more of an expensive kind of labor for them. For what they had to put into you. See it all boils down to labor. Cash is nothing but a measurement of how long they can keep you at that labor. Take the house again 30 years of payments for a house that took only 3 months to build. See they have you. You also have to recognize that as very hard usury. The mob even pukes at that kind of vig. Of course if you make it big for instance. It takes 6 months to build that house however at a much higher measurement of debt. People never ever save much. They usually max out what they have not in the case of credit cards but a house. However when you get there you will see. Notice one thing is missing from this entire comment of mine. They don't teach you anything about self-suffiency in school. Nothing. Its not a good business move. Then if you got fired. You would say hey I know what to do. Kiss off. See thats just another way of trapping you. You are taught nothing of self sufficency in school ever. Make a note of that. They are using your labor through debt to get even more for themselves. Build, maintain, service, transport, shelve, check out and warehouse what is their asset base. Once again you get some food and a place to live. Not a fair deal

        June 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • Welled

        Plantation plant hahahaha I like that Dan nice word play. Students think they have it well of course investing in the future. They have high ideals and plans. Thing is they don't get it. I'm a semite not a Hebrew but a semite. See we are the whiz bangs of trading on the earth. Don't ever doubt that. Well like the USA great at war but financially stupid as a cow in the rain. I mean their forefathers must have been sniffing glue and barking at sand dunes to do business with people that lend cash. Or in the middle east as we know them the will you work for food? People. You never get ahead and burn your entire life up when your in debt. These little deskpoppers think they can outwit a skilled usuor and are getting out of anything anytime soon. They are about to get a lesson they won't forget.

        June 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Welled

        See the bottom line here is this. Not a lot of people get this. You never ever trade your labor. When you trade labor your more than likely in a debt slave situation with some usuror in some way. You have a monetary system at the very tippy top that is nothing but lending and loans. The buck starts there. See. Everything flows back up the loan chain. Cash is nothing but a measurement of your time. Its the labor to build and maintain the hard assets that they need to have. In exchange you eat and have a place to live and a way to work. True you get to admire all the buildings and the malls. Even your house is an asset to them if it isn't paid for. If they can throw you out you don't own it. See if you dedicate your labor to someone else you have none left for yourself. If you go in debt you might as well throw a saddle on your back cause your going to get rid hard.

        June 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • Welled

        Two different kinds of slavery both tie you too labor. People don't like admiting to what they are in and delude themselves as to the condition that will soon exsist for them or does. Both leave you with not much of a choice in life. You can run away from either of course. That dosen't mean you can get far on your own and many choose to stay and serve.

        June 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Welled

        See a slave dosen't nessesarly want to be free they will stick around for food and drink and shelter. Once again its two different kinds of slavery. The daily humiliation of being a slave is similar in both instances. Some of you have even had abusive bosses. The tasks are humiliating in many ways. Oh you can hop to it. Both kinds of slaves strive to please who they serve in many ways. The pain of having to be in a place every single day with not much choice in the matter is similar. The system in the United States is some of the most virilent usury ever practiced on the planet. Its very sad for me to watch. However you know what your in you just won't admit it to yourself. You rationalize. You have a monetary system that is nothing more than lending and loans. That has got the entire country including the country by the throat. Get a clue you may not feel sorry for you. I sure do.

        June 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • Adam4321

        Dan I just wanted to say that you are an idiot.

        July 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Phil in Oregon

      EXACTLY what I was going to say. Message to modern slaves: STOP BORROWING SO MUCH MONEY!!

      June 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • warsteiner

      This is about children and adults whom have to work for free and barely get fed or sheltered. This is about pain not money but pain physical pain. If you are owned by another and are forced to work for them on pain of death then this is the place to respond with comments and hopefully if enough people find out the truth we can use any means to get our governments to respond to action and end this

      June 4, 2012 at 7:48 am | Reply
      • Welled

        Pal you don't have much of a choice in the USA. Your trained all you school life in the basics of working on someone elses schedule and for their use. I don't care if anyone like it or not and if you stopped and thought about it. They are using this subject of forced slavery to take the focus off of practically everyone in this nation that is a in debt servitude. Now I don't know about you but maybe I care about the people here. Cause you know what. You won't ever seen anything on CNN on debt servitude seeing who owns it. Much less see it discussed anywhere. The usury in this country is enough to make Big Paulie barf compared to his vig. You may not care about it. But guy no one ever talks about it seriously anyway. Consider your own situation. When you get to retire finally after serving these bloodsuckers after all those years and they throw you a bag of dog food and say here pal were done with you have a nice life. Nothing but one kind of slave feeling sorry for another kind of slave thinking hes got it good.

        June 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • Welled

        See no one wants to admit they have to go into work and bow and scrape and obey and that they don't have you by the billards. Well they do. Cause guess what they take your jobbie. You lose your food, house and everything else. So if you want to delude yourself into thinking hey I'm free. Go tell your boss your not coming in for a week Mr. Freeman see what happens. Now you get reality and now you better get ready for work tommorow or you don't eat. Because if you did lose your job you would not know what to do. Your stuck and won't dare make a move cause if they find out whack your gone.

        June 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • gager

      "debt slaves,". What an idiotic misunderstanding of everything you have.

      June 4, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Jeet

      It was your choice to borrow money. Think about these people who were forced into slavery and being forced to do so for generations. You don't have any clue, how blessed you're to be in the U.S.A. Stop complaining and see if you can help these people who doesn't have the basic rights to survive as human being. What a shame to our modern world.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Babs

      The Americans and other supper power are suppose to fight this rather they are busy fighting in country where they will make money from especially in oil countries

      June 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • BRUCE

      BIEBER WOULD NOT APROVE

      June 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  2. Abe

    I can't image how people with no apparent differences enslave each other. Is this slavery based on race or greed?

    June 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Observerr

      West Africans have been enslaving each other, and selling each other into slavery to the rest of the world, since forever. Read a book.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Dr. H

      good job bringing these serious issues to light...... but let's not water it down by calling it "modern" day slavery. There have been more people assaulted kidnapped and take to locations where they are held in captivity till they die – in the last three years since Obama was briefly president, more people have been enslaved and died because of it – a higher number of victims worldwide, than the entire slave trade population since 1776. Slavery is slavery and it's done the same way it always has been. It's worse today because it happens under our nose and we ignore it because we don't know how to stop it. Anyway – good on you for discussing it. Have a good weekend all.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        Oh please......now Obama is responsible for slavery? Maybe you should look at the GREEDY RICH PIGS who make HUGE amounts of money from slavery. It's GREED, plain and simple......just like the GREEDY RICH that are crippling America!

        June 2, 2012 at 9:28 am |
      • Chris

        Dr. H.
        Please don't lie.
        We all know damn well exactly how to stop slavery. We can stop slavery anywhere on earth, when we really want to. We stop it thru our sacrifice and effort. It almost always requires force. Usually, someone's going to die in the struggle.

        But, war is rough. It's ugly it sucks. We're soft. We're comfortable. We've made a decision that we're relatively OK with slavery.

        You're no exception, are you?

        June 2, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • stateschool

        The GOPer strategy of blaming President Obama for every bad thing that ever happened anywhere on earth – and then inventing "facts" to back up your absurd claims – sometimes makes you guys sound kinda silly. Honestly, slavery in Mauritania is Obama's fault? Whatever you're smoking isn't doing wonders for your brain cells.

        June 3, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • cedar rapids

        "There have been more people assaulted kidnapped and take to locations where they are held in captivity till they die – in the last three years since Obama was briefly president, more people have been enslaved and died because of it – a higher number of victims worldwide, than the entire slave trade population since 1776."

        rubbish. total nonsense.

        June 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Abolitionist

      It is mainly based on islam ans their acceptance of slavery.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        Abolitionist,
        I believe myself to be a Christian, and....by logical extension, a sincere hater of Islam. But, I don't think Islam is the cause. I can see how it might appear to be a cause, but I think it's just another symptom of the cause. Maybe it's an extension of the real cause.

        The real cause is the evil in people's hearts. The cause of pretty much all of our problems is our own wicked hearts.

        June 2, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • Keith

        It isn't the fault of Islam, if you are a Christian your book says it is fine to have slaves too.

        June 3, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • Erica

        Chris – Funny that you say you hate Islam by an extension of being Christian, since it is Islam that ensured Christianity could survive. Literally, an Islamic Chieftain gave refuge to Christians fleeing persecution back in their early days because they were "Followers of a good book."

        You worship the same god.

        There are passages in the bible that legitimize slavery. I would prefer that people read about their faith, rather than relying on a pastor who has his own ideas of how things work.

        June 3, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • acutabove

        The Bible does not condone slavery, it merely tells slaves they are to do the best they can in their situation. But slavery then was a result of a person unable to pay thier debts. They would sell themselves into slavery for a agreed upon term until their debt was paid. The Koran DOES promote slavery. Mohammed owned slaves and even gave his followers instructions to take slaves and how to treat them.

        June 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • Joe Blo

        Haha Christianity predates Islam by about 600 years, so no, in the early days of Christianity, an Islamic chieftain did not give refuge to Christians. In fact, in the early days of Christianity, no one gave them refuge, they were reviled from Rome to Jerusalem, and through extensive proselytizing (sp?) the religion spread and later became predominant upon the conversion of Constantine. However, to say that "by extension" you hate Islam, completely contradicts Christian tenets. Islam is not the problem, literally interpretation of any holy book causes these things. I am a Christian, but I do not take all of the Bible literally, its a book that gives me a substantial portion of my morality, but my faculty of reason also goes into that calculation. This, though, I know more than anything – hatred is a great sin in Christianity, and because all sin is equal, you "hating" a fellow man is just as bad as these men who enslave others. Their are seven billion of us on this planet, it's about time we started working together and looking at our many similarities rather than differences, because the problems of economics, limited resources, and global war are becoming more and more dire. It will take all of us, of every race, creed, and nation, to collectively "solve" the problems facing our species, and our planet. God Bless.

        June 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • andyk

        If the slavery is due to Islam, then explain why in Islam it is considered a good act to free a slave? Also, why one of the first and honored Muslims in Islam is Bilal, a slave that was purchased from the pagan Meccans and freed and became a Muslim.

        Also, why did the Proph Mohammaed preach in his last sermon, "an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."

        Also in Islam, slaves were sometimes given (paradoxically) training and education to enhance their skills and value and this often resulted in venerated slaves, who as in the case of the Mamluks, helped end the crusades and ruled parts of the Middle east including Egypt (just wiki mamluks and read for yourself).

        And as far as Christianity and slavery, before you white wash history, go read a book and explain how all those southern Christians and pastors and europeans misunderstood the bible? And while Jesus did not have a slave (he essentially took a vow of poverty), please quote where he outlawed slavery. Or did he just not have the presence of mind to do this and avoid the troubling woes to come??

        June 5, 2012 at 1:35 am |
      • cedar rapids

        "But slavery then was a result of a person unable to pay thier debts"

        ah so Moses leading his people out of egypt was them actually escaping from paying a deby they owed huh? that puts a new spin on the story.

        ...so tired of seeing 'yeah but slavery wasnt really slavery then'.............. yes, yes it was, stop trying to excuse what the bible says.

        June 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • Babs

        That is not true cos ilam forbbid slavery. Islam has abolish salvery since 1433 years ago so don't say what u don't know. the problem with african/arab country is issue of mixing culture with ways of God or what God said

        June 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  3. JH

    In the U.S a modern slave is a felon. Even a felon who made a one time mistake as a teenager smoking marijuana and got a felony for it. Get a felony and the United States turns their back on you and prevents you from ever maintaining reliable employment. People make mistakes. Some people are caught for their mistakes and a lot of people get away, but unfortunately for the people who get caught can kiss their future and any form of a good life good bye. This needs to be looked at and the laws need to be changed about it. I believe if you get in trouble for a felony crime and depending on the crime that there should be an amount of time a person should have to pay for what they did until they can become a law abiding citizen and be able to have the same priveledges as others to have a good life. I dont believe someone who gets in trouble and gets a felony for weed as a teenager has to live the rest of their life flipping burgers because society doesnt want to give them a chance even after 20 years have passed since the crime was commited and they havent gotten in any trouble since. It's inhumane to punish someone for life for a mistake that they have learned. We are human and thats how we grow as human beings. We make mistakes and learn from them.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Lauren

      There is something a felon can do about it..it's called expungement.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • OpenYourEyes

        We are all enslaved through some means and the controlling powers work hard to keep us ignorant of this fact. Religion and other forms of separatist ideology are the primary means of perpetuating support for this atrocity and most others.

        June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  4. dudeman651

    With more than a million people locked up in prison, 86% being black men making goods for mostly white owned prisons, nearly all of whom are in prison for non-violent offenses, our nation has become the most prolific slave prison state in the world. We have more than 25% of the entire world's prison population right here in America. The Jim Crowe of the war on drugs is that America has become the largest privately held slave labor market in the world. Perhaps the reporters of this article could to concentrate on those efforts to free the slaves within the boarders of America before we have the audacity to point the finger a other countries and tell them to follow our example.

    June 2, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • targa

      haha- they were put in prison to make merchandise? more blacks in prison because more blacks are criminals

      they're not profitable- they're a huge expense to law abiding citizens and get to lift wieghts, watch tv, eat all day, get free healthcare, and chill with their homies all day

      June 3, 2012 at 6:11 am | Reply
      • Keith

        Just because you are ignorant does not mean that you have to tell everyone. The poster is right; there are millions of dollars at stake and huge profits in the “Prison Industry”. Your politicians don't care how much they cost, it is your money, and the politicians get huge kickbacks from the prison operators.

        June 3, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • targat

      haha- they were put in prison to make merchandise? more blacks in prison because more blacks are criminals

      they're not profitable- they're a huge expense to law abiding citizens and get to lift wieghts, watch tv, eat all day, get free healthcare, and chill with their homies all day

      June 3, 2012 at 6:11 am | Reply
      • Lauren

        You should REALLY take a look at WHY there are more black Americans in prison..saying something like " more blacks are criminals" is pretty ignorant. Wow it really is true that those with the least amount of information have the strongest opinions.

        June 3, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • james

        @Lauren You win! Yours is officially the DUMBEST post of the day!

        June 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        "@Lauren You win! Yours is officially the DUMBEST post of the day!"

        why? she was right in what she said.

        June 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • james

      Who gives a rat's @$$? Prisoners are society's garbage!

      June 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • warsteiner

      Sorry Dudeman but this topic is about slavery not race wars, Theres a time and place for all arguments and this is not about race,religion,creed,or anything else its about the rich and greedy exploiting the poor and poor people come in all religions,races and creeds

      June 4, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • Muhammad

      You have a valid point. Many of the women in the story have borrowed money from loan sharks and are really paying back a overwhelming debt. That person arrested for burning the Qur'an is just an anti-Islam demagog. In Islam the Qur'an list blessings for "freeing slaves" and not inslaving people. War criminals who attack a government are not freed when captures. –thus they are the slaves listed in the Qur'an along with past people who are freed by the Qur'an

      June 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • notwhite

        Brother Mohammad,please do not waste your time on a bunch of ignorant people. South park is too much for them to comprehend. They know how to use the web to play stupid games

        June 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  5. Art

    Every country has some form of slavery. Increase property tax each year, inflate your hard earned savings away, state tax, county tax, city tax, roving patrol fees, sin tax, telephone tax,.....just keep on working for your masters.

    June 2, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Keith

      Our freedom is gone

      June 3, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • notwhite

        You never had freedom in this country. Slavory is what the founding fathers promoted all along

        June 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
      • Keith

        I think it has changed for many of us. It seemed when I was young in the fifties that we had more freedom and more opportunity to get ahead.

        June 24, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  6. fred41

    Messages to modern day slaves? That would be democrat campaign literature mailed to inner city minorities. Support us and we promise to keep you right where you are, in the ghettos.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  7. Denise Bonhomme

    Art is right to point out that there are various kinds of slavery. The kind imposed upon the slaves of Mauritania and elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East cannot be compared with other, less visibly horrific kinds such as those endured by countless wage earners in prosperous lands of the Western world. We have there intelligent, responsible wage earners living from paycheck to paychek or, rather, from one financial hemorrhage to the next. Every bit of money they earn is being extorted from them so that they can never get ahead – like some squirrels in a revolving cage. If they ever look like they might get ahead after all, there are all the mandatory phony rejoicings – some of which have been invented since the end of the second World War: St. Valentine's Day, Hallow'en, etc. And then there is always someone who has a birthday or a wedding or an anniversary or a baby shower. And of course, the biggies of them all: Christmas, the end of year Holidays, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, etc. etc... no end to it all year round, keeping the poor working slobs in a chronic state of anxiety and insolvency. People should not be embarrassed to boycott most of those – often unwelcome – "festivities" that are designed to keep them broke and powerless. At the same time, they should inform themselves about the more visibly obscene forms of slavery such as that of the innocent little girls of Ghana, chosen to be livelong slaves of filthy old men to "atone for the sins of their long-gone ancestors." And by the way, where did that lovely idea of atonement by innocents for the sins of the guilty ever come from .. the obscene myth of original sin maybe? And why is it usually women who suffer the most from the countless forms of slavery? Even mutilation of their own bodies in the name of "tradition." (Is anything more respectable than ancient abuse" says Voltaire.

    June 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  8. Aner iglesias

    Slavery is happening only 90 miles away from the US, where labor is leased to foreign countries and employers within the island. Where the government receives 10k monthly for a doctor sent to Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, or any other of Castros allies and this doctor gets paid 250.00 a month. Therefore the Cuban government nets a profit of 9750:00 per professional that it leases out. This is just an example of modern day slavery!!!! slavery has not been abolished, Cuba is a perfect example of it!!!

    June 3, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Keith

      Slavery to the system in Cuba is no worse than slavery to the system in America

      June 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  9. targa

    tip to former slaves- when you have a low IQ caused by genetics, say "thank you" to the white man for letting you live in a civilized society. Look at how terrible every single black neighborhood and country in the world is and be grateful that those more intelligent than you are so charitable and kind.

    June 3, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
  10. Haley Behre

    Reblogged this on haleybehre.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  11. reddes

    WAIT! I thought slavery was ONLY in America, CREATED by America and still ALIVE in America. What is this about Mauritania? Slaves there? Someone better change the educational materials we are feeding American students ASAP. They believe that slavery is just an American issue.....whew!

    June 3, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  12. JGN

    ABE, 'I can't imagine how people with no apparent differences enslave each other'; did you realize how chilling your comment was? It implies that you DO understand how people WITH 'apparent differences' enslave each other. No one has the right to enslave another, period. There simply is no situation where it is a tenantable act.
    And to Targa; speaking of low IQ!!!

    June 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  13. JGN

    Chris; "I believe myself to be a Christian and by logical extention a sincere hater of Islam"...
    I thought christians were supposed to follow a path of love for your fellow human?
    A perfect example of what is very wrong about religions no matter what package they are in. You believe it gives you the right to hate based simply on a difference in opinion about an unseeable unknowable concept.

    June 3, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • notwhite

      Jgn go find the priest who molisted you and your mother

      June 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  14. Keith

    My message to slaves everywhere. Make the best of it, no one really gives a crap about your problem.

    June 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  15. Joe Schmoe

    Didn't know they made iPads in Mauritania .

    June 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  16. Arcangelw7

    Pat, I want to know why you are not at the Bilderberg Meeting or even reporting on it? Why as a Christian, are you not standing up to this evil in this world with Prayers & Leadership, shining Gods light on their Darkness being executed in secret right now as the Global Agenda?

    You should be rallying people peacefully to be there with the protesters and leading them in prayers for this world and Country, and binding up the Principalities and Powers of Darkness as they discuss our demise right in your own backyard. Why is there not even a whisper of this event coming from CNN and who do you really stand up for, the Globalists or God? Shame on you!

    June 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      They don't report on it because they're not allowed to. If they even mention Bilderberg in print without prior authorization, they will be fired.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  17. Sharky

    We're all slaves. Some of us just have slightly more benevolent masters than others.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Judaismhinduism=racism

      Serfdom, gentiles to governments by hindu Judaism criminal self center ism, secularism of the elite.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • warsteiner

      We are all slaves but not all slaves eat,get education or are vaccinated. Everyone deserves to enjoy a healthy childhood and the opportunity to make an honest living for an honest days labor

      June 4, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  18. Henry Samonte

    The Philippines is a wholesale slave country. Our government is dominated by Filipino Chinese. New recruits in our government are all Filipino Chinese particularly in the high positions. Also, our Commerce and Industries are also dominated by Filipino Chinese who marginalize the Filipino labor by making them "temporary employess" which is void of Job Security and their rights are not respected. Our Chinese Dominated Government is connive 100% with their Chinese Investors in marginalizing Filipino labor. One example is Philippine Airlines, our National Airline. Last year, employees in that sector enjoys job security and had their Labor Union, the PALEA (Philippine Airline Employees Associatin). All of a sudden, the Management who holds the Majority Stocks, a Filipino Chinese, decided to remove ALL permanent employees and outsource their job through an employment agencies. Those who were rehired are then taken in on "Temporary Basis" which means you have to be re-apply before reaching the 6 month period. And in addition, their salary goes back to square one which is the minimum wage. One former employee lament that with that kind of arrangement, he can no longer assure a decent education to his children because there is no assurance that he will still have a job as he is hired on a 6 month basis. This is what I call the The is definitely considered as "Modern day Slavery."

    June 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  19. warsteiner

    None of this is a joke every big country in the world is responsibile for the enslavement of children and adults. We all want products cheap and unscrupulous people use poor people in corrupt countries to get cheap labor. No one wants to no the a child is suffering for them to be able to buy the stuff cheap, These people and children are forced to work in many cases free. Others to support their families with bad food and a cardboard shante work ridiculous hours and die early with no quality of life. This is why I get enraged when I see people spending money on boobs, or nose jobs, or cars that cost three quarters of a million dollars and they dont drive them. I see rich people who in a divorce claiming they need 65 thousand dollars a month and you see how they justify it in the statement cloths 7gand a month,resteraunts 4grand gym 2500 a month.What the rich spend on spoiling themselves and what they throw away could end world hunger,provide education for all,and vaccinate everyone. Ill say it again WHAT THE RICH SPEND TO SPOIL THEMSELVES AND WHAT THEY THROW AWAY COULD END WORLD HUNGER,EDUCATE AND VACCINATE THE WHOLE WORLD.

    June 4, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
  20. Alkebu

    There goes the UN again falling on its face.... never new why that organization just doesn't shutter its doors and call it a day. Deeply in debt, no real authority global, slow to respond even to the simplest of task. Can't or won't enforce any of its so called mandates. Talk about a toothless tiger.... Well so much for bashing the helpless.

    June 4, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Mapagmahal

      I have walked, now for thrtiy years, in demonstrations to end war, to stop the misue of public funds on the weaponry of death, to feed hungry children here and around the world. The youth of the globe are dying in war a country is destroyed, as we witness enormous greed and power prevail in the walled off quarters of our so-called-leaders.Art Speaks. It has in the past and it continues to now. You are making a difference you are recognizing that you need not sit and listen any longer; you have simply stood up and without violence shown another solution. I honor you all and I am grateful that there will be others to carry on, but most importantly, i must give great thanks to my son Tim Garcia, for continuing to find his voice. It is beautiful. Namaste

      August 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  21. Dave

    Don't believe anything that comes from the useless organization, the UN. Slavery exists around the world. American and European greed drive it.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  22. OpenYourEyes

    We are all enslaved through some means and the controlling powers work hard to keep us ignorant of this fact. Religion and other forms of separatist ideology are the primary means of perpetuating support for this atrocity and most others.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
  23. Henry

    I read about this recently. It's hard to believe. On the books, in Mauritania, slavery doesn't exist. But in reality, it does exist. I wish I knew how to help stop this abuse.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
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  25. sam kohen

    I see nothing wrong in slavery. In fact I think President Lincoln was wrong and feel that slavery shoud be legalized. Even the Bible condones it. So why not bring slavery back?

    June 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Abdel

      Good idea. The koran condones it too because mohammed was a slave trader (unlike Jesus who preached freedom). I am sure muslims would be happy to have a couple of Christian and Jewish slaves. Why don't you volunteer?

      June 5, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • notwhite

      Sam you must be a jucking few

      June 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  26. Shannon

    I'm really impressed by the people who took time to make their own videos to wish the Mauritanian slaves well. There's so much bad news and horrible people everywhere in the world - this example of humanity and kindness gave me hope :)

    June 5, 2012 at 2:48 am | Reply
  27. Minerva from Los Angeles, CA

    I was moved to tears. Truly beautiful gift of hope! Well done.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  28. Racheal Nyepon

    I am with Minerva on this one. It hurts my heart knowing I cannot do anything but to write about how heart broken I am. The one thing I can do is complete my education and help the people that actually need the help (as opposed to only helping myself become the 1%)

    June 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • MrId

      Grab a machete and go free your people.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  29. kane

    It is for Mauritanians to fight for their freedom like we did in America. It is not for americans to go freed those people. The slave owners were christians. So slavers owners is slave owners. Lets them do it themselves. Even, we as Americans, are enslaved by corporates.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:15 am | Reply
  30. MrId

    Yes, because internet videos will help these people.....

    June 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  31. BigRed

    Yes we are with you as long as you don't file for a visa to enter the U.S.A.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  32. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Walk a mile in their shoes to understand what slavery really is, I'm sure any of them would be more than delighted to trade places with you.

    June 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  33. freeWorldisntFree

    We still have slavery in the *free* world. It's called the *prison industrial complex.* After slavery as it was known ended, laws were created to guarantee those once legally enslaved in the west, would continue to be enslaved through the newly formed prison system. Read up on: The school the prison pipeline.

    June 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  34. Paul

    The article is about slavery. Most of the blog is filled with the whining of self absorbed cry-babies who equate student loans, working for a living, or doing well deserved prison time with actual slavery. Very little empathy in this blog for people actually held in bondage.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  35. rashid

    Its non-stop slavery on CNN. No wonder you're ratings are in the tank. We get it, now find something else.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
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  37. Rachel

    Watching this film with everyone sending such beautiful wishes to these women and slaves makes me feel hopeful for Mauritania. I know that freedom will come, and these people will be free :)

    June 8, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
  38. GeorgeBushSr

    way to go freedom project, and way to go CNN, absolutely inspiring.-SHOWING AMERICANS THAT MINORITIES WORLDWIDE WANT TO LIVE LIKE US SINCE 1993!!!!!!!!! oh best wishes to everyody else who watched this video, seeing as how the ones this video is about would have sold their computers for rice long ago.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
  39. bob

    very touching by why would the ireporter lie ? these people are arab speaking! these are arabs! why do you have to lie ... are arabs that bad to the point your not allowed to mention they are arab? and yes they are muslim!!!!!!!!!!! ehana maakeoom is a arabic word for we are with you!!!!!! they are muslim why would you act like they are not?

    July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
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