“My stomach belongs to my master”: the sentence is not taken from the ample literature on American slavery but was spoken by a woman slave from Mauritania. The denunciation – strong and clear – comes from Combonifem, the periodical of the Comboni Sisters, which tells how today, even though this Islamic country officially abolished slavery in 1981, there are tens of thousands of invisible slaves who are not recorded at the registry office. They are women whose condition, culturally still justified, also enslaves the fruit of their womb: any child born of a female slave is in fact “a possession of whoever owns the mother”.
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 18, 2019
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