Pascale Harter writing for the BBC news states, "It seems the government has little interest in really wiping out slavery. Meanwhile slavery remains Mauritania's best kept open secret."
Interviewing Mohamed, a former slave, "Everyone knew we were slaves. It's a normal thing, to have slaves in Mauritania."
Skyra is a runaway Mauritanian slave. Her earliest childhood memories are of fetching water, tending animals and cooking and cleaning.
Skyra was born into slavery - but her children are now free.
"I was tied up all night and all day. They only untied me so I could do my chores. In the end I could barely move my limbs."
She never earnt a single penny. "All those years," she told me, "and I don't even own a goat".
Mohamed was another slave. "He could not tell me his surname or his age," writes Harter in his BBC article. "As a slave he didn't own the right to either."
But in a candlelit shack in the sandy outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott, he told Harter the story of his life.
"I don't know how I became a slave," he told Harter.
"I was just born one. My family were slaves. We did all the hard work for our master and all we received in return was beatings."
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