On Monday 25 March, UNIC Harare commemorated the International day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The commemoration was held in partnership with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe.
Over 100 students and lecturers attended the commemoration at which Daniel Sam, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Head of Migration and Development was the guest speaker. During his presentation, Sam highlighted the interlinkages between slavery and migration and cautioned students not to fall into the slavery trap.
Some of the modern forms of slavery include sexual exploitation, human trafficking, engagement as child soldiers and forced work with no pay. He explained that slavery is a developmental and human rights issue affecting more women than men.
UNIC also mounted an exhibition entitled Say it Loud, which profiled black descendants of the slave trade who have overcome the barriers of slavery. This exhibition was donated to the Catholic University of Africa.