This morning after breakfast, we left for Cape Coast. After a two and half hour journey through Central Region, we arrived at our beautiful destination by the ocean. Even though the scenery was striking, our afternoon assumed a much more serious tone.
We went on a tour through the Cape Coast Castle, a historic structure that was the heart of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Over a period of 300 years, 60 million slaves were shipped from Africa to other parts of the world. As we saw the chambers, graves, torture cells, and Door of No Return, the team was able to see the realities that we only learned about in school. Many of us left having a lot to think about and process.
After dinner, we started a football game on the beach with some of the local children. We noticed how easy it was to connect with them and we loved laughing and talking with them. This makes us optimistic about our trip to Lolito in a few days. The experience promises to be a truly enlightening one.
We spent the rest of our evening reflecting as a group on our thoughts from the afternoon. Many of us had questions about what our role is in fighting injustices and how our values transfer over into action. We’ve decided as a group, that the first thing we must do is gain more clarity on who we are, something we will continue to think about for the rest of the trip.