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No moral justification for slavery

Between 1.2–2.4 million Africans died aboard the ships between the 16th and 19th centuries when they were transported to various parts of the world to work as slaves.

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more.

Today, Sunday March 25, the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. There can be no moral justification for slavery. We are all diminished by this crime against humanity.

Raise your awareness of the grave sin of slavery—past and present. Modern-day slavery includes: human trafficking, debt bondage, forced marriages, and domestic servitude. The Vatican II Document, Gaudium et Spes, reminds us that “whatever is opposed to life itself…all these things are infamies indeed”.

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