West African Nations - 2012


We drove from Cotonou to the village of Quidah which is a monument to both slavery and the voodoo religion practiced in this part of the world. The village was a center for the gathering of captured Africans to be boarded on ships off the coast to be sold in the New World. There is a small but well done museum with pictures of the types of ships used for transport, drawings of slavers and chieftains who helped provide the captives, typical devices used to restrain the slaves: neck rings, leg irons and hobbles, wrist bracelets. Overall, a haunting reminder of the hateful cruelty and indifference humans can exhibit towards their fellow beings.


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