REMEMBER •the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade •the abolitionists – Black, white, male, female •the role of the Church in both slavery and abolition REFLECT •on the consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and slavery, e.g. •racism •under-development •the impact on commerce RESPOND •to legacies of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade •by taking action to end modern forms of slavery •by working to effect healing and reconciliation Freedom quiz • True or false? People used to take people from Africa and sell them as slaves to work in America and the Caribbean. True • True or false? Some Christians believed God agreed with the slave trade. True • True or false? Christians had nothing to do with the end of the slave trade. False Freedom quiz • How many years is it since the slave trade was abolished? 200 years • How many slaves are there in the world today? More than 12 million • How many children are trafficked each year? 1.2 million Slavery – the facts 1. In 1807 there were 4 million slaves. Today there are 12 million. (UNICEF 2003) 2. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (UNICEF 2003 ) 3. 6-800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2005) 4. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2005) 5. Human trafficking is the third largest source of income in organised crime: after arms and drug trafficking. (UN office on drugs and crime.) William Wilberforce • Christian MP who lived 1759–1833 • Prime Minister William Pitt suggested Wilberforce take up the cause of abolishing slavery • 1789 - first tried to pass abolition bill • 1807 - abolition bill was finally passed Olaudah Equiano • Olaudah Equiano lived 1745–1797 • Kidnapped to be a slave at age 10 • Took 20 years to buy his freedom • Campaigned in Britain for the abolition of slavery Shiney’s story • Shiney had a traumatic childhood • She was trafficked into Mumbai‟s red light district • She was forced to work as a prostitute for nine years • Jesus has transformed her life thanks to church-based work supported by Tearfund What is Tearfund doing? Supporting local Christian organisations involved in anti-trafficking work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines and Uganda: Campaigning to reduce human trafficking and punish perpetrators Raising awareness of the risks of trafficking Caring for those exploited through trafficking Inspirational words „Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you?‟ John Wesley, writing to Wilberforce „What makes any event important, unless by its observation we become better and wiser, and learn “to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before God”?‟ Olaudah Equiano, former slave and campaigner against the slave trade Philemon • A passionate faith • A powerful seed • A personal sacrifice What can you do? Use the Freedom leaflet to: • give regularly: – £17 a month could restore dignity for two trafficked girls every month • pray • campaign: – send the Stop the traffik postcard – Micah Challenge: support Blow the whistle Sunday – 20 May 2007 – and hold our government accountable on the Millennium Development Goals Thank you for helping to bring justice for those trapped in modern day slavery.
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