That similar conflict stakes are in evidence today — Congo, South Sudan, Iraq — does not reflect well on our species, whether or not God on High is looking on or we ourselves must be the observers of our own spectacle.

Source of Inspiration:

Moore, A.  “10 Facts About the Arab Enslavement of Black People Not Taught in Schools.”  Atlanta Blackstar, June 2, 2014.


Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several years as a child domestic slave in northern Sudan. At nine he had been taken to Northern Sudan by Abdullahi, an Arab neighbour, enslaved for three and a half years by Abdullahi’s family. He was beaten, worked constantly, slept with the animals and ate leftovers.

He was one of thousands of men, women and children from the south sold into slavery in the north as concubines, domestic servants, and farm labourers. In 2008, a member of the Sudanese Parliament in Khartoum estimated that at least35,000 were still enslaved in the borderland of Northern and Southern Sudan.

Bederman, Diane Weber.  “Slavery in Africa is Alive, Well and Ignored.”  The Blog, Huffington Post, October 18, 2010.

The theft of dignity and the reduction of humans to the grimmest servitude appears to remain an issue in the Arab world but is also a global issue.  It is not going to be BackChannel’s habit to vilify Arabs — never mind Arab anti-Semitism, another subject worth a second fair and perceptive look ((one might first define the distribution of the attitude) — but to continue gently encouraging a conditions-improving humanism with a robust cultural co-evolution in mind (distribution across about 7,000 living languages, 40 major religions, 135 nations — that’s approximately the number accessing this blog annually) and some of Maslow’s “actualization” philosophy as well.

Related Reference

Phillip, Abby.  “Nearly 550 modern-day slaves were rescued from Indonesia’s fish trade. And that’s just the beginning.”  The Washington Post, April 10, 2015.

Sudan Update.  “Sudan – slavery briefing”.  n.d.

Vice.  “The Slaves of Dubai”. video, 15:23. n.d.  Related, probably more recent: AP.  “Foreign construction workers stage rare protest in Dubai over pay.”  The Guardian, March 10, 2015.

Wikipedia.  “List of organizations that combat human trafficking”.

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