On 25th March Britain will be marking the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery but for many, both abroad and in our country, slavery is still a reality. According to the United Nations an estimated 12 million people are today living in varous forms of slavery. This includes debt-bonded workers in the Indian sub-continent, those in forced labour on farms in South America, domestic workers in the Gulf States and to the shame of 21st Century Britain, involuntary prostitutes smuggled in from Eastern Europe and illegal immigrants, such as the cockle pickers of Morecombe Bay who so tragically lost their lives, both controlled by merciless and mercenary gangs. More information on slavery issues in the 21st Century can be found on both the Stop the Traffik and antislavery.org sites.
This is an excellent film by Robbie Williams on behalf of Unicef highlighting the issue of the trafficking of children into slavery and prostitution.
Make your voice heard in one of these ways:
A 30 strong group has set off on a month long walk in chains from Hull to London, passing through my own locality of Walthamstow in North East London. It will end in Westminster and join the walk of witness in Central London on 24th March. Show solidarity by walking alongside the walkers as they pass through your locality. More details and the route can be found on the YWAM site and there is also a BBC article.
Join in the Walk of Witness in Central London on 24 March led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who have also made this moving film about the slave pits in Zanzibar.
On Sunday 25th March, along with many churches, join in the call to sing the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ by John Newton, the former slave trader who found Christ.
…and do pray for those who are enslaved and with those who work for an end to worldwide slavery.