Zimbabwe celebrated 30 years of independence from British colonial rule on 18 April 2010. Independence for the black majority in 1980 meant ‘freedom’. It meant that blacks could now participate in the mainstream economic, political and social spheres as key players. While it is arguable that this independence has failed to deliver on its initial promise there is no doubt that the founding or basic tenet of expanding ‘freedom’ to everyone is the right premise for any nation. Indeed, this is why the civil rights movement in the United States of America forms a rich part of American history and it is the reason why rights leaders like Nelson Mandela and Dr Martin Luther King are celebrated wordwide. These are people who did all they could to break the yoke of oppression and ensure freedom for all. But it must be said that not all citizens in Zimbabwe are free despite the freedom of independence. There are people who are being sold into sex slavery and into forced labour due to economic factors. There are people who are being way-laid, by conniving gangs of traffickers, across borders into unimaginable conditions. Yet this is the world that is supposedly free from the shackles of slavery. Kevin Bales (a modern bay abolitionist) states that slavery till exists in the modern world with the only difference being that human beings are being sold ever so cheaply. And this is the cause that has consumed us- The need to abolish modern day slavery. And just as the civil rights movement was inspired by Dr Martin Luther King’s moving speeches, we are also inspired and moved by his quotes.
‘Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better’;
‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity’;
‘Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent’
‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’
Tell someone about human trafficking!