Expert urges holistic reparation for trans-Atlantic slave-trade

trans-Atlantic slave-trade
trans-Atlantic slave-trade

For the consequences of the 500 years of the slave trade to be properly compensated for, there is the need for holistic reparation that goes beyond just monetary consideration, an expert has said.

Michele Johnson, a professor at York University in Canada, told Xinhua that there were practical steps needed to be taken to ensure this holistic reparation.

“When most people mention reparation, they mean monetary compensation. That is important. However, the root word of the reparation is repair. We need to do some things; and truth that needs to be told to bring about this repair,” she said.

Johnson visited West Africa as part of the slave root project of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the year of return activities in Ghana.

The trans-Atlantic slave trade spanning the 15th Century to the end of the 19th was believed to have shipped between 12 million and 15 million Africans to America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

One area we need repairs in is looking at the effects of slavery in Africa, the Indian Ocean, and America, where slavery took people away from their homes, from their cultures and their people, said Johnson.

The government of Ghana has been marking 2019 as the year of return for descendants of enslaved Africans.

The kind of reparative justice we are seeking is how to deal with this incredible tragedy holistically. We seek healing for the wounds of the past, and repair of what has happened over the last 500 years, added the academic. Enditem

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