Resistance of African slaves remembered on International Day

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“The Ark of Return”: UN’s Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Nearly 225 years ago, enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic rose up against their oppressors.

Their fight for justice is remembered on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed on 23 August.

The day was established in 1997 by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Emile Glele, Programme Specialist at UNESCO in Paris, talks to Dianne Penn about its significance.

Duration: 3’50″

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