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Slavery to-day page 4


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Will civilisation listen to the echo of those chains and send out to the sufferers in the darkness of the slave areas of the world a message of hope?

There are those who would minimise the evils of slavery, those who discount the reports of travellers, but the testimony of men like Lord Noel-Buxton, Captain Yardley, Marcel Griaule, Herr Gruhl, Sir Arnold Hodson cannot be lightly set on one side. This chapter depicting slavery as it is to-day could hardly find a more appropriate conclusion than in the following words written by Sir Arnold Hodson, the former Governor of Sierra Leone: 'These raids are even now occurring, and it will be understood how my blood boils when I read articles or letters in the Press, claiming that reports on slave-trade are grossly exaggerated.'

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