International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
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.
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. The theme of this year’s observance is Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots.
In his message to mark this day UN Secretary of State Ban Ki-moon comments:
“It is imperative that we work together for equal opportunity, justice and sustainable development for people of African descent. That is why the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme is reaching out to young and old alike to create awareness, promote understanding and change attitudes…The dynamic culture and traditions of Africa continue to enrich life in the countries that were once involved in the Transatlantic slave trade…Tested to the limits of their spirit and endurance, slaves from Africa left their descendants a wide range of invaluable assets, including fortitude, courage, strength, tolerance, patience and compassion. On this Day, let us renew our resolve to fight racism and celebrate the heritage of Africa that enhances societies around the world today.” Read more…