- Nana Addo has acquainted himself with the grueling nature of the Goree Island of Senegal
- The president says the role it played in the slave trade should remind Africa of the need to unite
The president in currently in Senegal’s capital of Dakar for a solemn reason, to acquaint himself with the gruesome abuse of human rights during the transatlantic slave trade in Africa.
His visit, which forms part of a 4-day tour to the African country, saw him come face to face with a popular island called the Gorée Island. This Island, just like the Elmina Castle in Ghana, is purely known for its facilitation of the slave trade in Africa during the 15th through and 19th centuries.
Nana Addo minced no words after visiting the dungeons of the Island. He described the Gorée Island as a “unique testament to human cruelty” thus entreating all Africans never to ignore the evil role it played during the slave trade.
“The depopulation of our continent, its degeneration, the brazen theft of our resources - all these are captured in these harrowing memories and legacies. It means that we have to organise ourselves in such a fashion that no peoples can ever do this to us again,” he lamented after visiting the dungeons.
This island, located off the sea belt of Senegal is documented by UNESCO as the “largest slave-trading centre in Africa”
This video below will help us understand the role it played during the slave trade:
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