Fight slavery’s ‘legacy of racism’ through education: Guterres
Honouring the millions of Africans sold into slavery helps to restore dignity to people who were so mercilessly stripped of it, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to mark Saturday’s International Day to Remember the Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
He said the history of slavery is one of suffering and barbarity that shows humanity at its worst.
“But it is also a history of awe-inspiring courage that shows human beings at their best – starting with enslaved people who rose up against impossible odds and extending to the abolitionists who spoke out against this atrocious crime,” he added.
For more than 400 years, over 13 million Africans were trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean in what the Secretary-General called the “evil enterprise of enslavement”.
Men, women and children were “ripped from their families and homelands – their communities torn apart, their bodies commodified, their humanity denied.”
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