Review from ROAPE Volume 19 Number 53
Forced Labour and Migration (Zegeye/Ishemo)
This collection of papers arose from a conference on Forced Labour and Migration held at Oxford in 1987. It includes three on southern Africa: R. Moorsom on the formation of the contract labour system in Namibia in the early part of this century; Ishemo on forced labour, taxation and famine in Mozambique, 1870-1914; C. Murray on the history of a farm and its labour in the Orange Free State over the last 100 years. T. Zeleza analyses the agrarian context of forced labour in early colonial Kenya while two papers on Tanzania deal with ‘runaway wives’ and customary law in the colonial period (M. Mbilinyi) and seasonal labour migration since independence (C. Lwoga). A. Pankhurst examines land resettlement in contemporary Ethiopia; B.Fall and M. Mbodj deal with the extent of forced labour in colonial Senegal and a further contribution from Fall covers the recruitment of labour to the salt-works in Koalack for World War II. The final paper by C.F. El Solh describes the adaptation of Egyptian women to life in Iraq following the sponsored migration agreement of 1975.