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Peace Committee Open Forum
Sunday, November 25, 2018  11:15am 01:00pm
Contact Ann Black
Mark your calendars for Nov. 25 when the First Church Peace Committee takes a look at Mauritania. Mauritania is a nation on the northwestern coast of Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean which has been in the local news of late because of the Trump administration decision to deport Mauritanians who came here as refugees some 20 years ago. Ohio, including Cincinnati, happens be home the largest amount of these refugees. Historically Mauritania was settled by Berbers, a group said to have origins in Southern Europe. Later came Arabs bringing Islam and this Berber/Arab group continue to predominate holding all the wealth and power to this day. The territory became part of French West Africa in 1901 until independence in 1960. A darker skinned sub-Saharan population appears to have either arrived or been annexed during French rule largely from the French speaking Senegalese people. This latter group makes up thirty percent of the population and of these 20% are said to be enslaved. The Mauritanians who have been or are awaiting deportation face a bleak future. At best they will be joining an abused minority if not immediately pressed into slavery. We can guarantee the latest news on the fate of the Cincinnati Ethiopians as our own Don Sherman has been providing legal representation. As usual all are welcome. Place: Ellen Hall Room, time: 11: 30 a.m. Ann Black 513.563.8467, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Location Ellen Hall Room