Happy International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade everyone.
Wow, that was a mouthful, wasn’t it?
Since the passing of UN resolution 62/122 on December 17, 2007, every March 25 has been celebrated as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The day and the events surrounding it are used by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI) to raise awareness of the causes, consequences, and lessons of the slave trade. It also “serves as an opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.”
This year’s theme is “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation”, which is intended to pay tribute to the emancipation of slaves around the world.
This year is particularly special because of some important anniversaries that are being observed. You can go here to find out more.
The transatlantic slave trade, as well as slavery in general, was, and still is a dark part of human history. It must not, and can not be tolerated if we want a world where everyone can live fulfilling and enriched lives. Although future generations are the main reason we must develop sustainably, we must also lookout for current, fellow generations of people and their well-being.