Island, Senegal, March
during a trip to Dakar, I made a visit to Goree
Island, a beautiful island in Senegal with a
history as cruel as the island is beautiful.
Where tour guides tell sad and horrific stories
from the dark and disturbing past of African
tens to hundreds of millions of Africans, Goree
Island is where the journey out of Africa began.
It is the place where they were shackled, weighed,
separated, whipped, raped, fatten to meet the
60 kilos requirement, and some times thrown
alive to sharks if they were sick or under weight,
as they awaited slave ships that would take
them on difficult journeys across the Atlantic,
to distant shores where they would be auctioned
Island has an ugly history, but once outside
the slave castle, the island is stunningly beautiful.
Please join me on this tour of Goree Island,
Senegal, March 5, 2010.
trip to Goree begins with a ferry ride
ferry leaves every hour from Dakar for