People need to be educated about slavery

There is need to educate people about slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.

Un barco de esclavos

Rendering of a slave ship

Mr. Ban was speaking at an event in New York to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Slave trade.

He said the transatlantic slave trade caused untold suffering of Africans and their descendents who were treated as less than humans and their history and very identify systematically erased.

“By studying slavery, we give names to people and places that had been made invisible. By examining the prevailing assumptions and beliefs that allowed the practice to flourish, we raise awareness about the continued dangers of racism and hatred. And by honouring slavery’s victims we restore some measure of dignity to those who had been so mercilessly stripped of it.”

Honouring the victims of slavery, says the Secretary-General, is the aim of the International Year of People of African Descent.

The United Nations has been holding events this week to commemorate the day.

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