Daniel Halliday
Jan 27 · Last update 4 days ago.
Does the Arab slave trade amount to a forgotten African holocaust?
While we use this day to remember those that died as victims of the Holocaust in an effort to not let this enormous tragedy repeat itself, are we just scratching the surface of the history of inhumane acts we should in fact be striving to remember? Have we missed many other historical acts of genocide that, like the Holocaust, still have a deep ongoing social impact to this day? With the way in which the Arab slave trade was operated is it fair to argue that it was carried out with genocidal intent? un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2019/calendar2019.html
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No, it is too difficult to accurately prove genocide
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It is not forgotten as it continues for so many...

The remnants of this slave trade continue to this day in countries such as Mauritania and Libya, and various instances of human trafficking make this a comparable problem worldwide. More should be done to bring attention to these matters and more should be done to remember victims of ongoing slave trading. Charities estimate that there are 21-45 million people ensnared in some form of slavery worldwide today, and some slave markets such as the one in Libya seem as brutal as any historical slave trading.

endslaverynow.org/learn/slavery-today snopes.com/fact-check/libya-slavery

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No, it is too difficult to accurately prove genocide

It is nearly impossible to accurately prove the wide-scale practice of something like the Arab slave trade, let alone to gauge accurate statistics of such events. They are confined to history, a history largely reliant on mostly anecdotal evidence, some of which may have been politically biased, or subject to racist prejudice, and cannot be compared to the industrial nature of the Holocaust. It’s probably not worth comparing the inhumane acts of history, both genocide and slave trading should be remembered as what they are, humanitarian disasters, and effort should be put into not letting them repeat themselves.

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Yes, castration makes genocidal intent unquestionable

Although it is hard to calculate exact numbers in such events, especially ones so clouded by history, the Arab salve trade that spanned Africa, Western Asia and parts of Europe from medieval times until the 20th century undoubtedly led to far more deaths than more historically recent acts of genocide. Anthropologist Tidiane Ndiaye calculates that 17 million individuals fell victim to the Arab slave trade, and points out that the wide practice of castration led to those individuals essentially being genetically erased from history. Although over a protracted period, this number dwarfs other historic acts of enslavement, and the evidence of wide spread castration indicates the intent to destroy these people as a group.

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Although it is hard to calculate exact numbers in such events, especially ones so clouded by history, the Arab salve trade that spanned Africa, Western Asia and parts of Europe from medieval times until the 20th century undoubtedly led to far more deaths than more historically recent acts of genocide. Anthropologist Tidiane Ndiaye calculates that 17 million individuals fell victim to the Arab slave trade, and points out that the wide practice of castration led to those individuals essentially being genetically erased from history. Although over a protracted period, this number dwarfs other historic acts of enslavement, and the evidence of wide spread castration indicates the intent to destroy these people as a group.
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