How is it not to know what it is like to be free? To have your every waking, sleeping and living moment and your whole life and destiny in the hands of another that owns you? [..] this is not about history or a hypothetical question, but the here and now: Mauritania in 2012, where African Mauritanians are enslaved by their Arab compatriots.

Njeri Okono guest blogs for The Movement for Justice and Equality in Mauritania on contemporary slavery in Mauritania in 2012.