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The Abolition of Slavery: 2017 Myth or Reality?














December 2 is observed as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The Abolition of Slavery: 2017 Myth or Reality?

Article by Clayton Blackman.

The United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago (UNATT), along with the global community, annually observes the day December 2nd as “THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY”. Four hundred plus years Africans had been taken from their homeland Arica and brought to the Americas and the Caribbean to be sold as chattel. Men, women and children were declared as beast of burden and another item of ownership that was cherished by their owners as assets and placed in their slave master’s inventory book. Slavery was the main cause of death for over twenty million Africans either through the voyage across the middle passage or rom the share brutality of slaved labour and by comparison the main cause of riches for many Europeans. Slave masters moved from rags to riches. The Enslavers were specialised in raping, whipping, beating, burning, mutilating, branding, lynching and slaughtering. The Enslavesd worked from sunrise to sunset on the plantations of Slave Masters.

Slaves in Trinidad and Tobago numbered anywhere between 18,000 and 20,000 around 1802, and by March 25th 1807 the British Parliament passed The Abolition of The Slave Trade Act. This was followed with the abolition of slavery in August 23rd 1833. Shortly after, came a six-year period of apprenticeship which was perceived as an extension of slavery. Freed slaves were still tormented by new laws of settlement, where most of them had to come together and purchase parcels of land for survival. Some of them believed that life was much better in the slave master’s home. That period can be classified as one of the worst mankind has encountered from the origins of time. Worse than the Holocaust and any form of slavery that ever existed.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago, UNATT, staged the event on October 16th, at UTT, Valsayn Campus, in order to involve the students who are mostly training to become School Teachers in primary, secondary and other educational institutions in Trinidad and Tobago. The event highlighted discussions relating to proper Nutrition, Food Production, Agriculture, Farming, Good Health, Well-Being and Healthy Life Styles. The event at UTT, also included Nutritious Food Sampling from Chef Angelo Hart, student of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, TTHTI, and a very informative and lively interactive presentation on the essentials of Agriculture Preservation and Farming, from UTT Student and University of West Virginia Scholarship Recipient, Crystal Ettinne-Sandy. The event also included video presentations on the UN World Food Day Theme Food Security and Rural Development, and also, an Exhibit of SDG, Sustainable Development Goals, Posters and Materials.

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