Barbados Reparations

Meeting on Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism in Barbados

Meeting on Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism in Barbados

“Joint work between the Caribbean diaspora and Africa is essential to advance historical reparations,” said Vice President of Colombia, Francia Márquez, during the Meeting on Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism, in Barbados.

The Vice President seeks to reach consensus and agreements on the challenges that the world faces today to advance in historical reparations.

Colombia participates as a special guest country in this event that takes place in Bridgetown, Barbados, organized by the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union with CARICOM.

Bridgetown, Barbados, July 27, 2023 (@ViceColombia)

With a call to continue advancing in the consolidation of the alliance between the diaspora and the African continent to achieve reparations for slavery and colonialism, the Vice President of the Colombian Republic, Francia Márquez Mina, began her journey in Bridgetown, Barbados, representing Colombia at the Meeting on Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism, organized by the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union with CARICOM.

“There are many years of suffering, pain, loss and damage that today we are called to transform. This is not possible if only the diaspora works tirelessly for historical reparation actions, this is possible if the African continent assumes its role and together we advance in profound changes in situations of historical injustices,” she expressed.

 

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In that same sense, she pointed out, “we are facing a historic moment because for many years people of African descent and Africa have been expected to reconnect, in a common commitment, to lead us to eradicate the structures of the colonial, slave-owning and racist system that today continues to violate humanity.”

During this space, which brings together representatives of governments, civil society organizations and the private sector from all over Africa, the Vice President also urged the union to help Haiti in the face of the barbarism that it is currently experiencing. “If we talk about historical repair, the first country that has to be repaired is called Haiti.”

 

 

Likewise, she warned that one cannot close one’s eyes to what is happening in the Mediterranean, “where hundreds and thousands of Africans, including children, are dying.”

Finally, she stated that talking about reparations also implies that women recover their dignity over their bodies and their being. “If we do not take on this challenge, it will be difficult for us to advance in a culture of justice, in a culture that dignifies our being as an Afro-descendant people,” she concluded.

 

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