Dating mauritanian girls
That appeal has never taken place, though Anti-Slavery International is part of a coalition that plans to take the case to regional court.
The boys are now under the care of SOS Esclaves, although their mother remains a slave.
But Lam is modest and says of her work: "The commitment and trust in the correctness of what one is doing will always give you the courage to do and continue." Sarah Mathewson, the Africa programme coordinator of Anti-Slavery International, which works with SOS Esclaves to combat slavery, is a little more forthcoming about just what it is Lam contributes: "She is the backbone of SOS Esclaves.
She runs the project in a very quiet way behind the scenes. We can never raise enough money for the salary she deserves, but she just carries on, working all kinds of hours and making all sorts of personal sacrifices to do this work she believes in." Lam's passion for justice is an asset to a country with a higher prevalence of modern slavery than any other on the planet.
No words feel necessary to describe a condition accepted by so many of those who are born into it, and slaves do not always readily identify themselves as such.
What is more, the Mauritanian government itself maintains a stance of quiet denial regarding the scourge that flourishes within its borders.
"SOS Esclaves," she explains, "fights for the eradication of slavery through familial descent.According to the Walk Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index, Mauritania, with its population of just 3.8 million, has between 140,000 and 160,000 slaves.That's about four percent of the population, and it is, according to many organisations, including Lam's, a rather conservative estimate: they point to a figure closer to 15 percent.But, thankfully, when Lam picks me up from my hotel to take me by taxi to the offices of SOS Esclaves, which are in an unassuming white concrete building in a rather quiet part of the city, I quickly learn that she is exactly the kind of person who will offer water before I feel the need to ask for it.And when the taxi driver asks a probing question about my obvious foreignness, she tells him that I am her petit soeur - little sister - and, having thus graciously dismissed him, begins to explain the city of Nouakchott.