The Slave Route

Luanda, Angola, 2002 Mosaic depicting emancipation of slavery. Slavery, mosaic, emancipation, slaves. Picture courtesy Africa Media Online.

Luanda, Angola, 2002
Mosaic depicting emancipation of slavery.
Slavery, mosaic, emancipation, slaves. Picture courtesy Africa Media Online.

On International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, long name indeed. It is perfectly clear that it is a date of importance but it has a very long name. So, better to remove a bit of protocol here to explain more clearly what all of this is about. Still, who would like more precise information s/he can visit this page from the UNESCO to know from first hand the meaning or importance of this day.

Centuries ago, the human being was classified for the color of its skin. Somehow, the old European explorers arrived at the wrong conclusion that they were superior to any other race because they had developed their societies when others did not. In fact, at the beginning of XV century, there was more than one sage who dared to say those men and women from places like Africa, South America or certain Asian areas did not belong to the same race than the rest of the white human being who was ruling and conquering the Earth. Drunk of this power and colonialism fever, they gave for granted those facts and they treated thousands of millions of human beings like if they were only cattle for to work as slaves without to give to them any opportunity, opinion or right.

Some of the most famous worldwide human traffickers were the Dutch, followed by the Portuguese and the Spaniards. If people stop a second to think about it, it is impressive how the smaller countries in the world could have the fault of some of the biggest human abuses of rights. However, that is another history matter which is not important right now.

The significance of all this past is to learn from it for to help our present and future. It seems an atrocity but, in our days, human slavery keeps being practiced and there are thousands of people, in special women and children, affected by those inhuman conditions. It is our work to prevent that and for this reason, days like this one must have importance and to be remembered.

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