Panafrican News Agency

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade, its Abolition marked on 23 Aug

New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has tasked Ministers of Culture of Member States of the organization to organize events on 23 August every year involving the entire population of their countries and in particular young people, educators, artists and intellectuals.

According to Azoulay, the events are to mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, which was first celebrated in a number of countries, in particular in Haiti (23 August 1998) and Goree in Senegal (23 August 1999).

Tracing the background to the day, Azoulay said "The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today's Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

"It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year."

She said the Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

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