‘Ex-slave’ takes Niger to court

A former slave is suing Niger‘s government, accusing it of failing to implement laws against slavery introduced in 2003.

Hadijatou Mani took the case to the Community Court of Justice of Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, based in Nigeria. This is the first such case brought by a former slave in Niger.

The government says it has done all it can to eradicate the practice and says the problem has been exaggerated. Ms Mani appeared in court with her lawyers, family members and anti-slavery activists. The government was represented by a high-powered team including the prime minister, justice minister and speaker of parliament. The case is due to last for five days.

At last it started, for decades slavery has been the cancer of Niger and yes in the 20th century and the 21st century. There are even books from ex-slaves who were sold in UK and France.

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