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Mozambique’s President Nyusi has said that attempts to dominate natural resources in the world posed a challenge to the development of African countries, especially Mauritius and Mozambique.
Speaking at celebrations of the 184th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, the Mozambican head of state said that, despite its history of slavery, Mauritius had managed to rebuild itself, and now faced new challenges with which Mozambique was uniquely familiar.
In response, Mauritius’s prime minister noted the proximity of Mozambique and Mauritius and highlighted the need for more meetings between the two countries’ representatives.
Despite its slavery heritage, Mauritius was set on a development path, with a strong focus on education, he added.
Before the speeches, the two statesmen visited an international slave route monument and laid a wreath in honour of those who had suffered through slavery in Mauritius.
The monument is located 500 metres above sea level in the Le Morne mountains, where escaped slaves found refuge from their oppressors.
By José Macamo
Further information on The Slave Route Monument in Le Morne
The Slave Route Monument in Le Morne, Mauritius, sits at the foot of a cliff from which legend has it that slaves jumped to their deaths to escape their oppressors.
The monument is comprised of a central sculpture in a circular enclosure, surrounded by other sculptures and rock engravings.
The artworks memorialise the countries from which slaves were brought to Mauritius or sent on to afterwards. The existing sculptures represents Mozambique, Madagascar, India, China, Malaysia, Haïti and Réunion island. Two sculptures – those of France and Senegal – are yet to be added.
Source: O País
Aujourd’hui au Morne, Patrimoine mondial UNESCO, Maurice commémore le 184ème anniversaire de l’Abolition de l’Esclavage. L’invité d’honneur est le Pdt du Mozambique F. Nyusi. Je participe à la cérémonie du souvenir en prés. du Premier Ministre PK Jugnauth. @UNESCO_fr @UNESCO pic.twitter.com/g24Ro6hZQU
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