Slavery - once thought dead - has raised its ugly head here in Kenya with a rather shattering story of children being kidnapped from their home villages in Western Kenya and being shipped to Tanzania for work in the dense forests.
Boys walking past sign 'Starehe Boys Home'.
Further shots of above.
CU Wako - story above.
Boys running towards camera.
Camera check - small piece of film will be fogged.
In boys dormitory - boys getting into bed.
Various CUs of boys.
Boys leaving dormitory.
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Background: Slavery - once thought dead - has raised its ugly head here in Kenya with a rather shattering story of children being kidnapped from their home villages in Western Kenya and being shipped to Tanzania for work in the dense forests.
This morning I went out to the Starehe Boys Home on the outskirts of the city where 32 boys who have been rescued from slavery are in transit to Kisii - their home district, to be restored to their parents or guardians. The boys, aged between 9 and 18 years old all have fantastic stories to tell, one of the boys named WAKO (aged 14 yrs.) told me that he was taken by force away from his Kisii home about four years ago by a Kisii tribeman, and transported to the Moshi district of Tanzania where he was put to work in the forests in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, cutting trees down. Very little food was given to them and they never received any pay for their work. Their sleeping quarters were in bushes, and whenever they were taken ill they still had to carry on with their work. Some of the boys died under these hard conditions. This boy told me that there are some six hundreds boys from Kenya in various parts of Tanzania - he mentioned Tanga, Njombe, Same (pronounced Sarmi) as well as Moshi. The men who had forced these children into slavery ran away the other day when they heard that Tanzania Government Officials were on their trail, and eventually the boys were found. Arrangements were made for these boys to be repatriated and as stated they are now on their way home. Newspaper cuttings are enclosed.