Sunday, 8 April 2012

6th April Dakar

We were awoken by a cacophony of bird song around 7am. Anxiety about our future plans were growing to the extent that this morning was taken up deciding exit strategies. I booked a flight home directly from Dakar to leave on 11th.

As a minor diversion we decided to take a short ferrry crossing to L'ile de Goree. We had a tour of this remarkable island which was a sentinal exporting point for 300 years of slave trade from many African countries. Members of each enslaved family were segregated- each group would then be sent to one of the principal sugar-cane empires, including Cuba, Brazil, Carribean and the US. It was a poignant reminder of the depth to which human nature can sink.

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