International, Justice, Uncategorized

Slavery Memorial Day, We can’t forget

Today August 23rd is a a Slavery Memorial Day, many set this day aside to remember the horrendous inhumane acts that saw Africa and Africans robbed of their dignity for centuries. Even though slavery was abolished, its consequences are still faced by many today. Like someone said at UPEACE, if history is not remembered it may happen again. I also think on such a day, we should support people that are working hard to eliminate modern day slavery. Slavery is still practiced in many parts of the world and it goes on with little attention. In many African countries like Niger, Chad, Mali the estimates of enslaved people go beyond 20 million. In many African settings many practice child labour. In Uganda, some people shameless employ 12 year olds to watch over and cook for their children who are almost their age.  In Uganda, slavery-like acts may not necessarily be brought upon these children forcefully but poverty and economic inequality force many to be victims.

I looked up for discussions on this subject today being the day for remembrance and didn’t find much. I found this blog post on slavery commemorations discussion in the UK.

Below are pictures from Goree Island off the Senegalese coast where most slaves were kept and shipped off. I visited the island March this year and everything on the island has a moving slavery related story behind it.

A view of the Island of Goree is 2 kilometres from Dakar main harbour. Rosebell Kagumire photo

A view of the Island of Goree 2 kilometres from Dakar main harbour. Rosebell Kagumire photo

A writting on a wall in one of the slave cells. A slave had to be 60 kg. Rosebell Kagumire photo

A writting on a wall in one of the slave cells. A slave had to be more than 60 kg. Rosebell Kagumire photo

A cell for children

A cell for children

My guide standing at the door of no-return facing the Atlantic. Rosebell Kagumire photo

My guide standing at the door of no-return facing the Atlantic. Rosebell Kagumire photo

From the museum on the island. some shackles, guns and other things used by slave traders

From the museum on the island. some shackles, guns and other things used by slave traders

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Rosebell Kagumire

The statute of freedom signifying the end of slavery. Rosebell Kagumire photo.

The statute of freedom signifying the end of slavery. Rosebell Kagumire photo.

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