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Diary of a slave I went out to collect firewood; I was by myself of course. I wondered through the trees that stood tall looking for ones that had fallen and that were easy to collect and carry. After searching I found a fallen tree, it was dead I began to break off small pieces of wood, small enough for me to carry. I had nearly collected all the wood I needed when I was approached by two tall, black men. I dropped the wood; it fell to the floor into the path of the men who started to run towards me. I ran as fast as I could through the wood, I caught my arms on branches that stuck out at odd angles from all the crowded trees. My arms bled I felt the hot blood run down my arms, the cuts hurt so much, they were torn open on the branches I ran past I tried to avoid them but I was more concerned about getting away from the people who were so close behind me. I ran out into an open plain I couldn't loose them now they would be able to see me for as far as I could run until I got to the next opening back into the woods. ...read more.

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People had already died, the bodies were just thrown overboard, they really didn't care. The sick people were also thrown overboard; sick people were of no use to them. We were all cut, bruised and battered, we were cleaned up; but with sea water full of salt, it stung so much, the pain was horrible it was like one big ache of agony. Every night when we slept on the wooden 'beds' we were rocked to sleep by the waves, its was the only way, no way is it possible to get to sleep any other way in these conditions. More people died during the night. They were tossed overboard, without a care. I hated this; I wanted to be back home. I hated hearing a constant cry of pain. I hated people going through this pain. It was all unnecessary suffering, of course that's not what the captors thought. They made money out of this it was there way of living. I just hope it's not like this when we arrive; I pray to god I hope it's not like this. I was taken up deck, the sun stung my eyes. There were already so many people on top deck, it was so overcrowded. Everyone was sat next to each other, crammed together to make more room. ...read more.

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Men and woman were allowed to work together in the fields we often worked in small groups. If we refused to work we were punished, we might be whipped, burned, stabbed or tortured. The worse time was when it was harvest it was hard work and took hours, it made my back ache so bad, I just wanted to sit down and rest but I wasn't even aloud. There was a big house in the centre of the huge area. Some slaves worked in the house. They often cleaned or cooked. The house was built by the slaves. It was a smart house although I've never been inside, we aren't allowed inside. Our houses are very different we live in small huts, by the side of the big house. They aren't too close to the house just close enough for them so keep an eye on us. There is a small church and when we arrived we were all baptised and given English names. Although we are now 'Christian' we are allowed to hold our original ceremonies at night in the woods as long as we aren't too loud. We dance and sing it's so fun, I miss my family usually I would do this with them. It makes me feel miserable that I can't see them. Ill never be with them again. I think I might be here forever, however long that'll be. ...read more.

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