MA­BEL

Augustman - - Slavery In Asia -

Ma­bel’s own des­ti­tute fam­ily traf­ficked her into slav­ery on Lake Volta where she was made to labour for her very sur­vival. Be­fore the sun rose, she had to col­lect wood and pre­pare maize por­ridge for those work­ing on the boats sent out to fish in the lake. She then had to pre­pare lunch and din­ner. If she told her op­pres­sors that she couldn’t cook be­cause she was tired, they would ver­bally and phys­i­cally abuse her. Ma­bel was per­pet­u­ally tired be­cause she barely got any rest. Late at night she was forced to clean and re­set the nets on board the fish­ing boats. If she was caught not work­ing, the slave-driv­ers would hit her with a pad­dle. Ma­bel was par­tic­u­larly ter­ri­fied of the fact that a storm could eas­ily cap­size the tiny fish­ing boat and kill ev­ery­one aboard.

Luck­ily for Ma­bel her life took a turn for the bet­ter when a team from Chal­leng­ing Heights, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that vis­its lo­cal fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties to lo­cate and free chil­dren sold into slav­ery, found her. She has since come a long way from be­ing a help­less child slave. Armed with hope and de­ter­mi­na­tion, she is study­ing to be­come a nurse.

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