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Goree Island, Senegal Changes Name Of A Place Linked To Slave Trade

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Senegal has renamed a place on the island of Goree, known for centuries to have served as a stopover in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Authorities have unanimously adopted a draft deliberation on the name change during a city council meeting in late June.

This decision was inspired by recent “black lives matter” events around the globe.   The name Place De L’europe has now been changed to “place de la liberte et de la dignite humaine.”

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Mayor of the municipality of the Island of Goree, Augustin Senghor, said, because the world heritage site, which he describes as the symbol of the suffering of black men in general, crystallizes all the memory of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery, this name change had to be done.

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Many say the previous name was inappropriate because of the history of the island’s slavery.

Residents of the island of Goree have approved the name change.  No inauguration date has yet been set because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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