By  Omar Ghanem

Freelance Writer — Egypt


Human rights groups claim that the number of slaves in Mauritania could reach up to 600,000 slaves.

With the sun of August 8, 2007, setting over Nouakchott, a question lingers in the horizon: Will this day be remembered in Mauritanian history? The parliament of this northwest African country has finally passed the long-anticipated bill criminalizing the practice of slavery.

Mauritania is one of the few countries — according to “Bent Hartan: The Victim of Slavery in Mauritania[Arabic].” 24 July 2007. Accessed 22 Aug. 2007.

Omar Ghanem is a freelance writer. A graduate of the American University in Cairo, he holds a BA in political science with a specialization in political economy and international relations and is working towards an MA in comparative politics . Click here to reach him.