Abolition of Slavery day focuses on preserving sites

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Experts gathered in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil concluded a three-day international seminar on slavery on Thursday.

August 23 is observed as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) coordinates activities for the day which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Haiti in 1793.

Philippe Kridelka, the Director of the UNESCO Office in New York explains the aim of the seminar in Brazil.

"The aim is to create a network of sites related with the transatlantic slave trade. There are representatives of, for instance the Valongo Quays complex in Rio de Janeiro, which was a major point of entry for the African slaves into Brazil, the slave route project in Benin, the Cape Coast Chateau in Ghana, the Liverpool Museum in the UK, the Indian Ocean Itinerary of Memory which is managed by Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion, there is the Island of Goree in Senegal or the City of Lagos in Portugal."

(Duration: 30")

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