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Remembering the victims of slavery

The Ark of Return, the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, located at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN Headquarters in New York. Source: un.org

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI

The world will commemorate the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade tomorrow (Monday, March 25) which commenced in the 15th century. Let’s offer up our prayers for the repose of the souls of the millions of Africans and their descendants whose human rights were violated.

The UN states: “For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.” The day “offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system”. It also “aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today”.

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