Mic (mi_b) wrote,

Dubai, 1960s

As a British political officer in Abu Dhabi in 1961, I had in my drawer a pack of manumission certificates and my ambition was to use one. It was well known in what were then the Trucial states that to obtain freedom a slave had only to present himself to a British political officer, traditionally by clasping his hands round our flagpole. This would be recognised by both the ruling sheikhs and any slave owner.

то есть, всего 40 лет назад, рабовладение было законно в британских протекторатах! Удивительное дело

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