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Commemoration of the Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade in Sierra Leone

The historical reverberations of the Atlantic slave trade resonate profoundly in Sierra Leone, a nation indelibly marked by this somber chapter in the annals of history. During the 17th and 18th centuries, this trade flourished, casting a protracted shadow over the region until its abolition in 1807. In recognition of this poignant legacy, Sierra Leone solemnly observed the anniversary of the Atlantic slave trade on the 25th of March.

In a pivotal address at the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honorable Timothy Musa Kabba, highlighted Sierra Leone's historic milestones on the global stage. Minister Kabba emphasized the nation's esteemed membership in the United Nations Security Council since 1970 and its role as the spokesperson for the Committee of Twenty-Four Nations. Additionally, Minister Kabba reiterated Sierra Leone's call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, underscoring the country's unwavering commitment to peace and stability.

Addressing the contemporary manifestations of modern-day slavery, the United Nations Country Representative to Sierra Leone drew attention to the ongoing challenges faced globally. The representative's remarks served as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address and eliminate all forms of exploitation and human trafficking in the present era.

This commemorative occasion serves not only as a tribute to the resilience of Sierra Leoneans in the face of historical injustices but also as a poignant reminder of the broader impact of the slave trade on the African continent as a whole. Through reflection and remembrance, Sierra Leone continues to honor the voices and experiences of those affected by the Atlantic slave trade, reaffirming its dedication to building a society characterized by justice and equity for all.


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