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Freedom's child
You have been denied too long
Fill your lungs and cry rage
Step forward and take your rightful place
You are not going to grow up knocking at the back door.... (James Mathews,Black Consciousness Movement).
During our last trip in Benin my cameroonian son wanted to cover with me the 4 km from the old slave trading town of Ouidah and the see, along the slave road,a long sandy path lined by palm trees and bushes from the forts to the beach, lined with emblems of the former African kings and commemorative plaques to the slaves. There is also the “tree of forgetfulness” which men had to walk around three times in shackles to emphasise that they had to forget about their former lives, their country and their family which they would never see again.
On the beach there is a large evocative modern arch where the slaves were embarked on the slave ships.
It was a hard and deep experience for me and I'm very grateful to my son for askin' me to do it together and to say: never again!

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  • Copyright: Alberto Piubello (albertopiubello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 41 N: 881] (2623)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-12-29
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/6.6
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-01-01 9:24
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