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19 October 2005

Dear Editor

Thank you for the October 2005 Black History Month edition of New Africa. Surely you should have also given attention to the Arab slave trade? While Europe and America ’s involvement in the slave trade spanned 3 centuries, the Arab involvement in the African slave trade has stretched over 14 centuries, and in some countries is still continuing. 
At least 28 million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East. As at least 80% of those captured by Muslim slave traders were calculated to have died before reaching the slave markets, it is estimated that the death toll from the 14 centuries of Muslim slave raids into Africa could have been over 112 million. When added to the number of those sold in the slave markets, the total number of African victims of the Trans Saharan and East African slave trade could be significantly higher than 140 million people. 
Whereas Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1807 and Europe abolished the slave trade in 1815, Muslim slave traders continued to enslave a further 2 million Africans in spite vigorous British naval activity to set the captives free. 
100 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in America, and 130 years after all slaves in the British Empire was set free by Parliamentary decree, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, only in 1962, and Mauritania in 1980, formally removed legalised slavery from their statute books. And this only after international pressure was brought to bear. There is no doubt that slavery still continues in some Muslim countries, such as Sudan , today. 
While almost all the slaves shipped across the Atlantic were for agricultural work, most of the slaves destined for the Muslim Middle East were for sexual exploitation as concubines, in harems and for military service. 
While many children were born to slaves in the Americas , and millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the USA to this day, very few descendants of the slaves that ended up in the Middle East survive. Most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East slave bazaars were castrated, and most of the children born to women were killed at birth – to maintain Arab numerical superiority. 
All of these facts have been well documented including in my recent book: Slavery, Terrorism & Islam – The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

Yours for faith and freedom 
Dr. Peter Hammond 
P O Box 74 
Newlands 
7725 
Cape Town 
South Africa 
Tel.:             021-689-4480       
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