Sunday, January 28, 2007

alternative "development" projects

Not too far from the town of Bangangte, there is a small village called Bangou. A friend of mine is a Peace Corps Volunteer there. She has a new project to help the townspeople fund and construct a Memorial of the Atlantic Slave Trade. She tells me that many residents of Bangou feel terrible remorse for their ancestors who sold Africans into a slave trade which was far worse than they imagined, and for the Africans who were sold, suffered, and died as slaves. They also are afraid that the spirits of these former slaves are angry and vengeful. The memorial will be a way to heal all these wounds. If you're interested in contributing money, or just learning more, click on the phrase "Bangou Slave Memorial" on the left side of this blog. [This link has been removed.]

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