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Africa Must Be Paid Compensation

2007-07-24 21:58:27
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Kuoru Kuri-Buktie Limann IV, Paramount Chief of the Gwollu Traditional Area in the Sissala West District, has called for payment of compensation to Africa by the governments of countries, especially Europe and the US that benefited from the Trans Atlantic slave trade.

He said the resettlement of the slaves, most of who were captured from the northern parts of Africa, particularly northern Ghana, would help develop the area.

Kuoru Kuri-Buktie Limann said this at a durbar of chiefs and people of Gwollu to launch the "Joseph Project" by the former Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey at Gwollu.

Kuoru Kuri-Buktie Limann attributed the current devastated and impoverishment of northern Ghana to the capturing of its skilled human resource.

He therefore urged blacks in Diaspora, to come home and help develop Africa.

Kuoru Kuri-Buktie Limann said calls from dignitaries in the Diaspora and in Africa for Africans to apologise to the blacks in Europe and US for selling them away into slavery was more appropriate.

"Some of our chiefs and queen mothers at that time colluded with the Europeans and caused colossal crimes, which were against humanity and we need to apologize for that", he said

But he asked, "Who built the schooner ships that carried the enslaved blacks? Was it blacks who devised the neck-chains and the shackles and was it the blacks who made the guns and ammunitions?"

"Were the blacks responsible for the establishment of plantations and who were the beneficiaries of the products of these plantations?"

Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey who launched the Joseph Project said those taken into slavery were destined to work and die but for the African spirit and strength some of them still survived.

He said Africans, wherever they might be, must bring themselves together this time round and work to benefit the

source: GNA

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