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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 05:13 AM

Mali slavery problem persists after French invasion

Clare Morgana Gillis, Special for USA TODAY
1:32a.m. EST February 15, 2013

TOYA, Mali The insurgents who have fled from invading French troops in Mali have been taking with them some of their most important possessions slaves ...

"It's no way to live, without your freedom," said Mohammed Yattara, a former slave ...

"You depend on them for everything. If they tell you to do something, you have to do it, or they will beat you," he said as he sat with the chief of the village of Toya and among men and women who were descendants of slaves or former slaves ...

Though slavery was outlawed in 1960, Mali is one of the countries in the world where the practice of human servitude flourishes, with as many as 200,000 Bella living a life of hereditary enslavement ...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/14/mali-slavery/1920579/

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