Ex-slave Hadijatou Mani
A West African court has found Niger’s government guilty of failing to protect a woman from slavery in a landmark case for the region.
The court found in favour of Hadijatou Mani, who says she was sold aged 12 and made to work for 10 years.
A judge ordered the government – which says it has done all it can to eradicate slavery – to pay Ms Mani 10m CFA francs (£12,430; $19,750).
Ms Mani, now 24, says she was sold to a man called Souleymane Naroua when she was 12. The price was the equivalent of about $500 (£315).
She says she was forced to carry out domestic and agricultural work for the next 10 years.
Ms Mani says she was raped at the age of 13 and forced to bear the man’s children. Continue reading….
We live in a sick brutal world.
Ms Mani should have be awarded millions, but at least she can still provide a better future for herself and for her children.