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Made Up Diary Of A Slave

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Diary of a slave7th September, 1831Dear diary,I found this paper on the floor yesterday, it looks pretty bad as you can see but it takes my mind of the smell and the food.I should tell you my story form the start: I used to live in Sierra Leone in the Chamba Tribe. It was great there, we all had things to do, we had food and water and we had celebrations every now and then which were very fun. But then the white people came. At first I was frightened because they looked so strange and ugly, then they took us all to a big ship which I overheard was called the Brookes. They took us all, apart from the sick or old people.At the dock we were then led up a small ramp in twos and when I got to the top I had these cold metal shackles put on my feet and hands. They made it very hard to walk and I could already feel the edges cutting my wrists and ankles. The deck was made of wood and I kept getting splinters in my feet.Once there were about one hundred people on the deck, all men, they were led down into a short corridor that was very low and I kept hitting my head on the low bars. When some other people hurt themselves and exclaimed “ow” the white people hit them and shouted at them.I thought a big ship would easily fit one hundred of us but when I got near our destination, which you could tell because of the nasty smell, I was suddenly squashed when we were all pushed into a large room which must have had about three hundred people in it. I also found these pictures of the boat outside one of the crewman’s office.I later learned there were about two hundred women in a different part of the ship. At the moment we’re five days into the journey which the white people call the ‘Middle passage’.Some times we were let up on deck in the fresh air although they made us jump around and jog it was better than being under decks with the horrible smells. And sometimes there were so many injured and sick people we ended up with a pool of sick and blood rolling across the floor when the boat swayed.12th September, 1831Yesterday someone managed to break free and they jumped over the deck but were then pulled down by their shackles and drowned. So the white people are punishing us by keeping us locked in the room with no food. Some people don’t mind not getting food because their foods, like ‘baked beans’ makes us sick. Three people have already died from infection and we put them by the door but the white people won’t take them away.None of us have a good idea of what will happen when we get to our destination but the white people don’t seem too bothered about keeping us alive.25th September, 1831The crew aren’t shy about getting their whips out or burning us. I was whipped two days ago for not doing my exercises. I think there are about fifty crewmembers on board and I bet they’ve all punished someone at least once. One of the people from my tribe had boiling lead poured all over him because he...

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