Mauritania adopted a year ago a road map to put to an end the consequences of slavery. The road map is to be implemented together with the United Nations and the involvement of the civil society. However, victims are still suffering from their ordeal. Specifically those who thanks to the anti-slavery organisations, have been freed recently.
Even though more than thirty years have gone by since the State of Mauritania officially abolished the slavery legitimacy witnessed by the traditional society due to internal tribal wars, this issue is still strongly set on the table and this phenomenon has become an embarrassing issue for the Civil State in international events.
While David Oweloyo, the American actor who played the role of “Martin Luther King” in the movie “Selma” was crying during the performance of “Glory”, a song against racial discrimination on the occasion of the Oscar ceremony this year, there was a Mauritanian young man called Mohamed Sheikh Ould Mkhitir crying in a forgotten cell in Mauritania while awaiting the implementation of the sentence issued by the criminal court in the city of Nouadhibou. The criminal court decided to execute the author, who belongs to a social category suffering from discrimination, based on article 306 from the Mauritanian criminal code, which derives its provisions from the Islamic Sharia.