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‘I’ll Never Forget,’ Says Melania Trump After Visiting Ex-slave Holding Facility In Ghana

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'I'll Never Forget,' Says Melania Trump After Visiting Ex-slave Holding Facility In Ghana

Melania Trump said on Wednesday that she “will never forget” her visit to a former slave holding facility on Ghana’s coast.

She called it “very emotional” and “really something that people should see and experience”.

The US first lady spent nearly an hour on a guided tour of the 17th-century castle, which originally was built by the Swedes for the trading of timber and gold but eventually became a warehouse for slaves shipped to the New World.

“I will never forget [the] incredible experience and the stories I heard. The dungeons that I saw, it’s really something that people should see and experience,” she said after she was asked to reflect on the visit.

The first lady was led around the facility by museum director Kwesi Essel-Blankson. She spent about 10 minutes inside the dark, cramped dungeon where male slaves were housed. She then walked down a pathway leading to the “Door of No Return,” where slaves were shipped to the New World with no hope of returning to Africa.

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She walked out and back through the door with the guide before she laid a wreath, observed a moment of silence and signed a guest book.

“It’s very emotional,” the first lady said before departing.

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Mrs Trump arrived at the castle after an approximately 2 1/2-hour early morning drive from Accra, the capital city, where she has stayed since opening her first extended international trip as first lady on Tuesday.

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US First Lady Melania Trump walks with Kwesi Essel-Blankson, Museum Educator, at the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Cape Coast, during the second day of her week-long trip to Africa to promote her ‘Be Best’ campaign. (AFP)

She added that the castle is a “special place.”

Former President Barack Obama, the only black US president, toured the castle with his family in 2009 and said it was a reminder of “the capacity of human beings to commit great evil.”

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Mrs Trump, who was born in Slovenia, is on her first visit to Africa, with a goal of highlighting child welfare on the continent.

She toured an infant clinic in Accra and met with Ghana’s first lady at the presidential palace after she arrived on Tuesday. She also has stops planned this week in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

Zimbabwe government and civil servants have finally agreed to a salary accord after the government increased its offer to four hundred million dollars, up by fifty million.

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This means government workers and civil servants will each receive an increment of a hundred twenty-nine dollars effective on April the first.

Negotiations for a further salary review, possibly in June, will continue with consideration of other non-monetary incentives.

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Apex council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander, says the welfare negotiations will continue until the welfare of civil servants improved.

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Niger’s Top Court Outlaws ‘Fifth Wife’ Sex-Slave Maids

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Niger's Top Court Outlaws 'Fifth Wife' Sex-Slave Maids

Niger’s top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as “fifth wives.”  This ends a decade-long legal battle by one victim that lawyers say could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice.

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UK-based anti-slavery international, says the “fifth wife” custom, also known as “wahaya,” is when, in addition to the four wives permitted by Islam, rich men take on other, unofficial wives who live as domestic and sexual slaves.

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Thomson-Reuters Foundation says a Nigerien court had initially ruled in favor of the victim’s master, but she appealed the decision.  Last month, the Niger court of appeals ruled that her first marriage was never valid and that all “fifth wife” marriages are illegal.

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

Gunmen have abducted twenty University of Buea male football team members in Cameroon’s southwest. A report says university Vice-Chancellor, Ngono Horace Manga, has confirmed the incident.

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The Vice-Chancellor is quoted as saying armed men stormed the university’s football ground and ordered the players who were training for an upcoming competition to leave with them.

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Manga also said the kidnappers contacted university authorities and demanded a ransom.  He did not disclose the amount for which they were asking.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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