Update: Jamaica wants £7 Billion compensation from UK for Britain's involvement in slave trade over hundreds of years

Update: Jamaica wants £7 Billion compensation from UK for Britain's involvement in slave trade over hundreds of years



The Jamaican government has revealed they want £7 Billion compensation from the United Kingdom for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony.



The Caribbean island nation will file a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations, pending legal advice, Olivia Grange, Jamaica's minister of sports, youth and culture, said.



'We are hoping for reparatory justice in all forms that one would expect if they are to really ensure that we get justice from injustices to repair the damages that our ancestors experienced,' Grange told Reuters news agency in an interview at the weekend.



'Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labour to the benefit of the British Empire,' she said, adding: 'Redress is well overdue.'



Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans to work on plantations of sugar cane, bananas and other crops that created fortunes for many of their owners.Latest Post Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook
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