Newsletter #3, Introduction

Dear SLAFMIG followers, 

We present you hereby our third newsletter, with exciting new formats and projects. We also want to share with you the positive vibe – or maybe just our naïve hope? – concerning the eventuality of a law criminalizing descent-based slavery. We start to believe that thanks to our project but also due to attention and conferences and pressure for the topic of descent-based slavery in Mali by several activists and other projects and actors, this law project may actually materialize in a not-too-distant future. Who knows something will be happening by the end of 2021? 

But before our optimism very maybe -but hopefully! – materializes, we continue our hard work. 

In newsletter 1 we promised we would release a short video sketch to help raising awareness for the need of a criminalizing law. This exciting format and idea has now gone on air and we invite you all to look at the 2min20 video below which was broadcasted on Malian National TV (ORTM) ten times in June.

Another milestone on the publication front is the opportunity to contribute with some of the first results from our survey research on displaced people of slave descent in Mali, in the very promising Nigerian journal the Republic. We were so pleased with the great and -not unimportantly- fast collaboration and guidance by our Nigerian colleagues. Topicwise also, the special issue called ‘New/old stories on modern slavery’ is very timely. 

On the 10th of May, the French commemoration day for the abolition of slavery, we had our 3d SLAFMIG-AMIS lecture with Malian Gambana activist Salif Kamara, which was well attended and was our first endeavor working with a live translation between French and English. 

In our blog, we address some of the up and downsides of doing research in the COVID19 pandemic, with a focus on the team from Copenhagen and their online fieldwork experiences. We also report on the new survey that our Malian team in Mali is currently conducting on the socio-economic situation of the forcedly displaced populations in Mambiri.

We will be back with our 4th newsletter before August and look forward to informing you about many exciting new activities there, including our training on descent-based slavery for lawyers and local authorities in Mali which will take place in Bamako from 28 June- 2 July 2021.

Remember that we are only an email or phone call away if you want to comment, react or have input. 

With our best regards, 

The researchers of the SlaFMig / EMiFo team:

Marie Rodet, mr28@soas.ac.uk

Lotte Pelckmans, pelckmans@hum.ku.dk

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