The Photo: Afro-Iraquis in politics

Afro-Iraqi men of Basra province in southern Iraq..... These " African-Iraqi men sing after their group "Free Iraqi Movement" was approved as a political party to run in the coming local elections in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad December 6, 2008. Inspired by Barack Obama's election in the United States, some black Iraqis plan to run in a forthcoming election, to end what they call centuries of discrimination because of their slave ancestry."... Picture taken December 6. IRAQ/BLACKS REUTERS/ Atef Hassan (IRAQ)

FROM WIKIPEDIA...."Most Black Iraqis are descended from sailors and enslaved peoples who were brought from present-day Sudan and Ethiopia and elsewhere in East Africa. Zanzibar, an island of the coast of Tanzania gave the name Zanj to the descendants of these enslaved people. Slave trade begun by early Arab traders began in 9th century and lasted over millennium. Most of these enslaved people were imported to work in large dates and sugarcane plantations."


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Antumi Toasijé

Antumi Toasijé
Doctor en Historia, Cultura y Pensamiento