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News in Brief 8 December 2021

  • COVID-19 linked to rise in TB deaths in Africa: WHO 

  • ‘In no circumstances’ should COVID vaccines be forcibly administered: Bachelet 

  • Portugal at crossroads over racism towards people of African descent 

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African slave trade in the Americas — a universal legacy

Learning the lessons of the 400-year transatlantic slave trade involves grasping the universal effects of its legacy, as well as recognizing and celebrating the contributions to society of the African diaspora and people of African descent.

For this latest edition of our UN & Africa podcast, we speak to two leading voices from the diaspora, who took part in a major youth event on the issue last month at UN Headquarters, for a powerful discussion over its consequences and challenges.

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Education and self-esteem, key to empower descendants of slavery

Getting a good education and building self-esteem are vital to help people of African descent overcome the legacy of Transatlantic slavery.

That’s the view of the first woman of African descent to become Chief Justice of Panama, Graciela Dixon, who gave the keynote address at UN Headquarters in New York this week, to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

UN News/Matt Wells

'Global coalition of conscience' needed for justice: Rev. Jesse Jackson

Racial freedom has been established across the United States but the “next phase” of the struggle involves full and equal access to education, healthcare and development.

That’s according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the veteran US civil rights leader, who was at UN Headquarters last week to speak at an event marking the Decade of Recognition for the Contributions, Achievements and Challenges of People of African Descent Worldwide.

He spoke to Matt Wells.

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Actor Danny Glover says recognize contributions of Afrodescendants

The world has been presented a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions and needs of people of African descent.

That’s according to actor and Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, who is taking an active role in promoting the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent, which kicked off last December.

Daniel Dickinson spoke with Mr Glover and began by asking him why this international decade is of particular importance to him.

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