Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Slavery: The Story So Far!

Today is the commemoration of international day of the abolition of slavery.

2 December, 1949 was the day of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. Again by resolution 57/195, the General Assembly on 18 December 2003 proclaimed 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition.
Also on 28 November 2006 by another resolution, the Assembly designated 25 March 2007 as the International Day for the Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. These resolutions, in my opinion, have served no purpose other than the mere publicity and awareness generated in the corridors the United Nations.

Despite the untold anguish, humiliation and deprivation that millions of men and women from Africa and elsewhere went through as a result of the slave trade, today we can not claim to have ridden the world of this evil. Child trafficking, forced prostitution and many other forms of slavery are still prevalent in many corners of the world.
In Mauritania and Sudan, the crudest form of this abominable practice still goes on. And again it is the dark-skinned man and woman who are being held in slavery, wasting away their God-given lives in the service of some bigoted monsters.

Let us remember all the current victims of slavery as well as all those who, for the past 201+ years, lost their lives, worth and freedom. At least on this day, let us keep them in our prayers and collective memory. After all, they were human just like us!.


Maya said...

How depressingly true!
We speak of 400 years of slavery as if it's dead and gone and yet its presence is found in many societies.Even in some of our own regions children are being sold by their parents for as little as $20 to work as slaves for fishermen. Besides creating days to commemorate slavery, what are world institutions actually doing to deal with slavery in reality? Nothing, dare I say, as usual?

posekyere said...

Sadly so, Maya.

The world will move on as usual. Seen nothing, heard nothing , done nothing!
We fight for the protection of endangered species, but when it comes to the wretched slaves, all we do is issue out resolutions and conveniently forget about them.
It is a monumental disgrace!

Adaeze said...

Amen! I have nothing to add, since everything I wanted to say have already been said. But I share the same frustration. The subject is VERY rarily brought up by anyone. It's a shame how these problems get no coverage. I think I heard something about the author Dave Eggers doing a follow-up on his novel "What is the what" and write about modern day slavery in Sudan, but I'm ashamed to say I don't know whether he has done that yet or not? Anyway, Great blog Posekyere!

posekyere said...

Hi Adaeze!
Thanks for your encouraging comments.
Let all of us hope that the issue of slavery is tackled with the attention it deserves.
As far as the question of Sudan is concerned,perhaps,such a book by Dave Eggers will be able to prick the conscience of many people to act against the odious atrocities in that part of Africa.

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