1920’s East Africa– “ABYSSINIAN SLAVERS INVADE KENYA”
Jade del Cameron risked her life to save her young Kikuyu friend, Jelani, from slave runners in the mystery adventure; STALKING IVORY. These slavers had come down into the future Kenya Colony from Abyssinia. How much of that was fiction? According to the Leader of British East Africa, February 18, 1922, not much.
Correspondents for the Westminster Gazette reported that “Kenya natives have been captured and enslaved.” And a Reuters cable reported “Slave-raiding and slave trading have increased in Abyssinia by leaps and bounds during recent years and today it is possible for any visitor to witness in Adis Ababa the worst forms of slavery that have ever cursed the Dark Continent – slavery open, cruel, and fiendish, unfettered by European interference.”
Gangs of slaves with men chained together and the women and children following behind were seen. “Some of the slaves were captured on Abyssinian territory, others in British East Africa, others in Anglo-Egyptian Soudan.” One writer claimed to have seen “ten-thousand slaves marching toward the great slave market of Jimma” and counted over fifty bodies of dead and dying that were left behind.
As Abyssinia had depleted much of its own border populations, the raids for slaves increased into the British East Africa Colony, made easier by the “absence of adequate police forces.” And that, was precisely Jade's motive for taking on the slavers herself.
Next week: More Nairobi news
(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, Febr. 18, 1922)
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