The road travelled
Development, human rights, cultural pluralism and intercultural dialogue: historically these ritical global issues have been characterized by a total absence of awareness and understanding of the slave route and slavery. However, this tragedy is not merely an unfortunate event of bygone days.
It involved some of the worst records of horrors that humankind is capable of committing: the largest forced deportation of men, women and children; the most extensive and intensive trade in human beings; and the longest perpetuation of a crime against humanity and the last to have been recognized as such.
This major enterprise in dehumanization deprived Africa of millions of its active population. That is why acknowledgement of the slave trade and slavery as ‘crimes against humanity’ by the Durban Declaration of 2001, as well as the teaching of this tragedy in schools, commemoration of the memory of the victims, and celebration of acts of resistance and abolition, at the national and international level, are recognized as powerful symbols of the triumph over slavery.