Education Spells Freedom

By Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)


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Help Haratin women and children escape slavery!

French and other languages below.

Who are the Haratin?

The Haratin are the largest minority in Mauritania, numbering about 50% of the population. Of Black African origin, they are seen as the lowest caste and are heavily discriminated against in Mauritanian society. Until this day, Haratin women and children are born into slavery! Although slavery was finally criminalised in 2007, it is so deeply embedded in local structures and practices that the government does not enforce the anti-slavery laws.

Besides, the federal government does not recognise the Haratin as full citizens and makes it incredibly difficult for them to obtain national ID cards, which in turn prevents them from being able to access schools through normal channels. Consequentially, many Haratin women and children are poorly educated and illiterate.

How can we help them?

Providing former slaves with an education has proven to be one of the most efficient ways to fight slavery in Mauritania. Because, even if slaves are released, the lack of economic opportunities and the ongoing social discrimination often force them to go back to their masters. That's why the fight against slavery in Mauritania has to touch on the most fundamental of needs: To provide alternative economic opportunities for people born into slavery - especially women and children.

With YOUR help, we want to do the following:

  • Provide courses to 50 children and 25 women from the district of Tarhil, a poor Haratin neighborhood, in Nouakchott
  • Build a classroom and a permanent bathroom facility
  • Provide school supplies such as chalks, notebooks, pens and textbooks to the teachers and students

If, like us, you want slavery and oppression to end in Mauritania, please donate!

Who's behing the campaign?

Julie, Tommaso and Markus work for the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), which is supporting minorities and unrepresented peoples in their struggle for recognition and human rights. Shocked that descent-based slavery still exists, they are particularly devoted to the cause of the Haratin. Together with the local organisation AVOCAN*, UNPO is fighting slavery in Mauritania since 2011.

*AVOCAN is an association working in the field of social development to the benefit of underprivileged and vulnerable citizens in Mauritania. It aims at raising awareness among the general public, private and public institutions, humanitarian organisations and other opinion leaders about the necessity of supporting the youth in areas where they suffer from analphabetism and ignorance.

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Team Members

Julie Duval

Markus Buderath

Tommaso Nodari