UN memorial honouring slave trade victims
UN memorial honouring slave trade victims.
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UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (APP): Reaffirming its full support for Africa’s aspirations, Pakistan Tuesday contributed $20,000 for the construction of a permanent memorial at UN Headquarters in New York to honour the victims of the 400-year transatlantic slave trade.
The cheque for the amount, which totals Pakistan’s contribution to $25,000 so far, was presented by Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon to Jamaica’s UN Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, who is the chairman of the committee established to implement UN General Assembly resolutions to erect the memorial, at an impressive ceremony.
At the ceremony, the United Nations named Melba Moore, a famed American disco, rhythm and blues singer and actress, as a Goodwill Ambassador to raise funds for the $4.5 million needed for the construction of the permanent memorial.
More than a million visitors come to the UN Headquarters each year.
Ms. Moore, in a news conference after the ceremony, said she would concentrate on business communities, celebrities, and the media to get the word out and get it funded.
“I may raise my voice in song too,” said the singer, who is also a Tony Award-winning actress.
In his brief remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Haroon spoke of Africa’s exploitation by various continental powers, saying its life blood was snatched, its people forcibly taken away, with millions dying in the process.
But, he said, the world did not shed a tear and it took very long time to address some of the problems left behind. Among other injustices to the 54-state continent, Haroon also pointed that 70 percent of the United Nations is Africa and it has no permanent seat on the Security Council.
The Pakistan envoy said that slavery might have legally ended but its legacy remains in one form or another, including economic exploitation. Initially, in the original phase, it was physical slavery, today it is economic slavery and it still continues, he said Pakistan was proud to be part of the UN campaign to recognize and commemorate the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
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