Fight slavery’s ‘legacy of racism’ through education: Guterres

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 (Photo via UN)

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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