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All-Day Anti Black-Slavery Conference at Columbia University

Saturday, May 20th saw a historic conference at Columbia University, dedicated to uncovering the slave trade by Arabs carried on to this day in Africa. The exiled Sudanese Christian Bishop Macram Gasis spoke bitterly about the Arabs who are carrying on active slaving with black Christian women and children. Vivid testimony was given by a number of black Africans who accused Arabs of violating their most basic human rights. Among them were Kane Mansour - an exiled Mauritanian army official, Sudanese scholar, Sheik Makeen, Sudanese Christian leader, Dr. Dominic Mohammed, Director of the American anti-Slavery Group in Washington, Mohammed Athie, Dr. W. Kunjiwok - an exiled Professor from Khartoum, Elombe Brathe, Salem Mehzoud of Anti-Slavery International and Muses Akol of the Sudanese Resource Center in Washington. The conference was introduced by Samuel Cottos, a columnist for the black Africans. When some followers of the Nation of Islam tried to call the speakers propagandists, others shouted "Arabs out of Africa!" The same happened when a Moslem Egyptian tried to speak. He was shouted down while being called an Arab enemy of Africa.

No doubt, the black press will feature the findings of this academic conference and will follow up with protests to the UN and Congress. This is a story which has been carefully suppressed for many years and which finally is making headlines everywhere. The effect will be very far-reaching.

 

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