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Award-winning activist James Kofi Annan speaks at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 25, 2010

At age six, James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery in Ghana’s fishing villages where he worked 17 hours a day. Food and shelter were scant. Abuse was constant. Seven years later, Annan escaped back home to his parents and to freedom. Now an award-winning activist, Annan will talk about his life experiences and modern day abolition at Loyola University New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114. Admission is free and open to the public.

As a survivor of child slavery, Annan works to protect and rescue children from slavery in the Ghanaian fishing industry. His organization, Challenging Heights, seeks to rescue, rehabilitate, and educate young children who have been exploited by this industry and works to educate the fisherman in the region about non-exploitative labor practices.

Annan is the winner of the 2008 Frederick Douglass Freedom Award given by the Free the Slaves organization. This award is given annually to individuals who have survived a form of slavery and is now using their life to help others live to the fullest.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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