Memorial to Victims of Slavery unveiled at UN

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Unveiling of the Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

A memorial in honour of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade was unveiled at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

The 25th of March is observed annually as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

This year's theme is "Women and Slavery" to pay tribute to the many enslaved women who endured hardships, including sexual exploitation as well as those who fought against slavery.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The memorial, called "The Ark of Return" has been designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent.

It honours more than 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade which went on for over 400 years.

Senator Arnold Nicholson, the Foreign Minister of Jamaica, participated in a press conference before the unveiling of the memorial.

"Bearing in mind the high values for which this noble institution stands, we felt it was important for the memorial to be at a prominent place at the United Nations so that it would be accessible to all visitors, delegates and staff."

Senator Nicholson said the "Ark of Return" should not only be recognized as a monument to remember those who perished, but also as a memorial to ensure that racism is eliminated altogether.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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