His clothes - a Bayern Munich jersey, a faded blue T-shirt, a pair of yellow trousers, some ragged brown trousers - hang over a wooden rafter above the straw pallet on which he sleeps. His only other possessions are half a bar of soap, a towel, an enamel dish and mug and an almost empty tin of Nescafe. As with many African children, Wambi, one of a family of 14 from Mali, has worked since he was eight and did not expect much from life. He expected more than this, however - a year ago, Wambi became a child slave. From 6am to sundown, he labours on a small cocoa plantation in Bediala in central Ivory Coast, hacking weeds with a machete or chopping down cocoa pods, with only a short break for a lunch of yam porridge. Hard to reach, the plantation is more than two hours' drive down a muddy track from the nearest hard road, followed by a mile-long walk through knife-edged grasses which slash at the skin.
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A Story of Slavery in Modern America - The Atlantic
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My Family’s Slave
In some ways enslaved African American families very much resembled other families who lived in other times and places and under vastly different circumstances. Some husbands and wives loved each other; some did not get along. Most parents loved their children and wanted to protect them. In some critical ways, though, the slavery that marked everything about their lives made these families very different.
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