Describe the ship's hold in Olaudah Equiano.

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Equiano wrote that the ship's hold was unbearable and the smell of the necessary tubs (basically open toliets) was overwhelming. He mentioned that small children would fall into these necessary tubs.  The stench was sickening and very powerful.  There was no air, and Equiano described a suffocating atmosphere. Slaves were kept in cramped quarters, and disease and death spread easily since people were so close to each other and the conditions were so unsanitary.  Slaves were cruelly crammed together with no personal space or room. Men and women were not separated and there was no regard for human dignity, let alone human life.