Gorée Island, a great treasure for the whole world!

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Gore Island, a rich patrimony includes the house of slaves. This house is a very sad remembrance for Africans! It was an island where slaves could not escape because of the water, according to the explanation of Alioune Kabo. He was the guide whom RNTC refresher course’s students in Senegal met there. They are journalists from African countries. It was on Saturday 28th of September.

He explained that Nelson Mandela visited the house of slaves and when he came  out of the small room of punishment, he was crying. “It surely reminded of him his stay in jail”, he added.

From Dakar to this Island, it took about 15minutes. But on this day, the ocean currents rocked our boat from side to side. As a matter of fact, it rained so much a day earlier, so some of us on the boat panicked. Coming back to Gorée Island, it was not the only place having the “door of no return” in Africa. In West Africa, for instance, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria where also notorious for the slave trade, from these countries as well, millions of Africans were sold as slaves to America.

The worst thing is that there were packed and treated as animals and rebels sure severely punished, either sent to the punishment room or were thrown into the ocean for the waiting sharks. Besides, for those who successfully arrived in America , their names were removed  and replaced by their master’s names. At this time, it was said that blacks had no soul or identity.

More information about Gorée Island on: http://goafrica.about.com/od/peopleandculture/a/goreeisland.htm

http://www.congo-pages.org/senegal/Goree.htm

 

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