Friday, March 23, 2007

My link to slavery

When we went to Vom Christian Hospital, Nigeria, in 1970 there was an old lady, Mama Tabitha, who was warden of the student midwives' hostel. She must have been in her seventies at least as she remembered being freed from Muslim slavery in 1900. This was one of the blessings of the British colonisation of Northern Nigeria. Slave markets were closed and slaves freed.

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