STONETOWN, Zanzibar – Welcome to the island of Zanzibar. Anchored in the Indian Ocean 50 miles off Africa’s east coast, Zanzibar is one of the few places that can truly be called paradise on Earth.
But there is more to this tropical island than meets the eye.
Zanzibar was once East Africa’s main slave-trading port. By the mid-1800’s, 50,000 slaves were bought and sold each year. The dealers sailed here from across Asia and the Middle East. They returned with their boats filled with men, women, and children. The practice was eventually outlawed.
But two centuries later, the brutal trade has taken on a new dimension. Young Christian girls are being abducted, forced to convert to Islam and, in some cases, shipped to parts of the Islamic world.
Flora Davidson knows how it feels to have a child disappear. “I looked everywhere for her, but I could not find her. Even the police gave up looking for her,” Flora said.
In July 2004, Flora’s 14-year-old Christian daughter Joyce was kidnapped by members of UAMSHO, a radical Muslim group on the island.
“I was told that from this day on, I would not be going back home to my family. You will become a Muslim,” Joyce said.
Her kidnapper was Mariam, a 45-year-old Muslim woman. Mariam refused to talk to CBN News on camera, but she insisted that Joyce had voluntarily become a Muslim…
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