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Slavery's last stand - CNN.com

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. Activists are arrested for fighting the practice. The government denies it exists. Moulkheir Mint Yarba (below) escaped slavery in 2010. She has asked the Mauritanian courts to prosecute her slave masters. "I demand justice," she says, "justice for my daughter that they killed and justice for all the time they spent beating and abusing me." Read her incredible story as part of CNN's Freedom Project.

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Life in Mauritania is hard for both slaves and some slave masters. Forty-four percent of people live on less than $2 per day.

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Slavery's last stand - CNN.com

Slavery's last stronghold - CNN.com Mauritania by the numbers Slavery Population: 3.4 million Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20% Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000 Year slavery was abolished: 1981 Year slavery became a crime: 2007 Convictions against slave owners: One http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/world/mauritania.slaverys.last.stronghold/

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