Today in history: Slavery abolished in Ethiopia

By Drum Digital
17 April 2015

From the 16th century right up to the 19th, slaves from Ethiopia were sold across the world.

Date: 17 April, 1923

However, the slave trade within Ethiopia was very much different from that observed in the West. The slave trade in Ethiopia was slightly more humane than the one in western countries. It was also influenced by religion; there were certain rules that applied only to Christians and others that only applied to Muslims.

Emperor Haile Selassie put an end to the trade when he abolished the practice in 1923. He quickly strived to modernise Ethiopia and led the country to become a member of the League of Nations, the forerunner to the United Nations (UN).

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