Jihad Slavery Abounds, 27 Years After Our “New York Times” Exposé

A generation later, blacks in Africa are still slaves, the “human rights community” is AWOL, while Africans are leading the way to freedom

Exactly 27 years ago today, Dr. Charles Jacobs and his Mauritanian Muslim partner, Mohamed Athié, published an account of the ongoing Arab/Muslim enslavement of black Africans in Sudan and Mauritania.

The article shocked and horrified many Americans and it launched a modern-day abolitionist movement which contributed significantly to the emancipation of tens of thousands of jihad slaves and, in 2011 — 10 years ago on July 9 — resulted in the creation of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

In the 1990s, it was possible to unite Americans, left and right, to free black slaves — for example, Jacobs and Athié were able to publish their op-ed in The New York Times. Today, however, because classic liberalism is being eaten alive by woke progressives, the mention of crimes committed by non-Westerners — even the enslavement of blacks — has effectively become taboo.

Today’s jihad slaves — in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Sudan — can no longer depend on “human rights” organizations and people on the left to help set them free. These people are obsessed with portraying the West as uniquely racist and evil. Reports about black jihad slaves distract from their condemnation of the West.

This is a sin. We must free the slaves.

Currently, there is a movement to free Nigerian jihad slaves, led by a coalition of Nigerian Americans. All decent people should help them. Slavery is not about left or right; it is about right or wrong.

Please go to www.freenigerianslaves.org.

If you live in the Newark, New Jersey, area, these activists are holding a rally on July 24 to bring attention to the cause of Nigeria’s slaves, and to petition congressmen who represent New Jersey, like Chris Smith, Robert Menendez, and Donald Payne, Jr., to join the fight for their freedom.

The original July 13, 1994, “New York Times” op-ed by Dr. Charles Jacobs and Mohamed Nacir Athié, two of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Group, which specifically broke the story of modern-day black slavery to the general public when the human rights community would not. (“The New York Times” / American Anti-Slavery Group)
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