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The pursuit of reparations for slavery

Published: Oct 18, 2013

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Dear Editor,

If CARICOM and by extension the Bahamian government are that sensitive about slavery, which occurred in this region over 200 years ago, perhaps they should refocus their misguided efforts to sue various countries for slavery reparations closer to home.

The Global Slavery Index report by the Walk Free Foundation, endorsed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, recently revealed that 30 million people worldwide are still enslaved.

This index is topped by the African country of Mauritania where a staggering four percent of its population of 3.8 million is enslaved closely followed by our neighbor Haiti, a CARICOM member state incidentally, where one child in every 10 is trapped in an exploitative system of child labor.

The Haitians residing in this country could probably tell you a thing or two about exploitation also if anyone cared enough to ask them.

Who pays the reparations for all of these?

“You hypocrites, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then thou shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”

– Ian Mabon

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