The United Nations General Assembly through a resolution in the year 2007 declared March 25th as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; a day that serves the purpose of educating new generations about the causes, consequences, and lessons to be learned from the Transatlantic trade.
The Transatlantic slave trade can be considered to be one of the most inhumane forms of human-forced migration in history; this slave trade that lasted over 400 years led to the movement of over 15 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to mostly the Americas. The Transatlantic slave trade had devastating effects on both the African regions and the people of Africa; the effects rose from fear of captivity to economic and agricultural underdevelopment and also depopulation.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is a special day dedicated to the commemoration of the memory of the victims of the slave trade. It is a day that calls for mobilization and establishment of programs that will continuously remind future generations of the long-lasting negative effects of the transatlantic slave trade, the day creates awareness that racism should be totally abolished in all societies.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade encourages Civil societies, Educational institutions, and all other Stakeholders to commemorate the memory of the victims of the slave trade and use this opportunity to create awareness for the abolishment of all forms of modern-day slavery; this is because we believe that the world cannot know true peace if any group of people is considered enslaved.