Blood, sweat and tears: The enduring impact of the Atlantic slave trade

Africans on a slave ship bound for Brazil (by Johann Rugendas_1830 (© Wikimedia)

In his book “Two Thousand Seasons”, African writer Ayi Kwei Armah says that it will take two thousand seasons to work through what slavery has done to mankind – “a thousand seasons going into it, a second thousand crawling maimed from it…”

The Atlantic slave trade was indeed one of the most brutal examples of man’s inhumanity to man. While Europe and the New World amassed vast profits from the trading of human souls, Africa suffered a moral, physical and demographic devastation whose scars can be seen even today.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: July 26, 2002