Climate change has had a significant impact on the Caribbean region, the effects of which have been exacerbated by the legacy of enslavement and colonialism.
However, those in the vineyard of Reparatory Justice should not be discouraged. Instead, they must use this as an opportunity to strengthen their movement’s philosophy, engage in activism, rally support from ordinary people and civil society through education, and continue to build a programmatic agenda.
The Repair Campaign is part of intensifying efforts to urge governments, institutions, organisations, and individuals to acknowledge their role in the transatlantic trafficking of enslaved Africans. We are guided and endorsed by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), a regional body committed to reconciliation and reparatory justice, and its 2014 Ten Point Plan for Reparatory Justice.
CRC reflects on ten years of activities aimed at defining a path to reconciliation, truth and justice for victims of slavery and native genocide and their descendants.
As Caribbean countries seek justice for slavery and the atrocities meted out to millions of people, Guyana’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali says no palace is being sought from the British who were significant beneficiaries.
The figure was arrived at by an American consulting firm that took into account legal damages for the enslavement of 19 million people over four centuries.
This comes as the CARICOM Reparations Commission prepares to take action seeking an apology and reparations from the British Royal family for its historical involvement in slavery, especially the exploitation of enslaved people in the Caribbean region, hailing from Africa.
This will come from the United Kingdom-based charity United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) in the form of land, scholarships, and entrepreneurial training.
General Secretary of the USPG Reverend Duncan Dormor pledged the $18 million investment in reparatory activities in St John communities on Friday as he apologised for the organisation’s historical involvement in slave ownership.
“The CARICOM Reparations Commission welcomes the opportunity to join the global community in observing the United Nations International Day for People of African Descent and to highlight the ongoing need for the international community to respect the human rights and recognize the invaluable contributions of People of African Descent to humanity.
kemba’s work centres around youth advocacy, sensitization, and awareness building and the organisation provides a successful model of youth engagement around the topic of reparations. They hope to inspire other organisations across the Caribbean to someday have a unified reparations youth voice across the Caribbean.
Groups that advocate for reparations almost never seek only money. The social, the political and the economic are bound together and must be addressed together, creating the possibility of a better world.
Quantification and monetary reparation, while necessary, are not in themselves enough. They must be combined with institutional recognition through an education system that acknowledges the role of enslaved African people in both challenging and driving forward the economies, scientific innovations and cultures of European enslavers.