African-American visitors flock to Ghana as it marks the “Year of Return” to remember the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in Virginia. The West African nation is banking on the commemorations to give a major boost to the number of tourist arrivals as it encourages the descendants of slaves to “come home”.

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  1. THIS WELL-MEANING EXCURSION BACK TO ONE'S ROOTS IS AN EXERCISE IN "FEEL GOOD" BUT SORELY LACKS THE PERSPECTIVE IN IT'S ENTIRETY. YES, MAN IS CRUEL AND UNFORGIVING TOWARDS OTHER HUMANS WHEN MONEY AND POWER IS INVOLVED. HOWEVER, THERE ARE A FEW OMISSIONS YOU WILL NOT SEE IN THE COLOR BROCHURE SO APTLY TITLED AND HUSTLED. WHAT IS OMITTED ARE THE PEOPLE WHO REMAIN ENSLAVED IN GHANA BY THEIR OWN KIND….CRUEL HUMANS WITH POWER AND MONEY. WAGES DO NOT EXIST FOR MANY, OTHERS CONTINUE TO BE "OWNED" BY THEIR MASTERS WHO CONTROL THEIR TIME AND MINDS. MANY MORE WORK LONG HOURS FOR NEXT TO NOTHING AND THEN THE PAY THAT IS DUE IS WITHHELD. BEGGING IS ANOTHER FORM OF ENSLAVEMENT, WHICH IS PREVALANT EVERYWHERE. CHILDREN BEING FORCED TO SELL WARES ALONG WITH THEIR PARENTS JUST TO SURVIVE SINCE THEY CANNOT AFFORD SCHOOL FEES. WHO NEEDS AN EDUCATION WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO EAT? THIS WILL NOT B ON THA TOUR.

    WHAT IS ALSO OMITTED IS THE DISCUSSION OF A CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA OVER THE ISSUE OF SLAVERY AND THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO WERE KILLED AND MAMED FIGHTING FOR AND AGAINST THE INJUSTICES OF SLAVERY.

    A US PRESIDENT WAS ASSASSINATED FOR HOLDING TO HIS BELIEF THAT ALL MEN WERE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT AMERICA WOULD NOT STAND FOR THIS STAIN ON IT'S GREAT HISTORY. NOT TO B FOUND IN THA BROCHURES.

    IN NIGERIA AND MANY SURROUNDING NATIONS OF NORTH AFRICA, SLAVERY EXISTS OPENLY. HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF YOUNG GIRLS HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES AS WE SPEAK AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE OF ANY CONSEQUENCE? HOW MANY WOMEN HAVE BEEN TRAFFICKED INTO PROSTITUTION FROM AFRICA INTO EUROPE BY THOSE WHO ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE SLAVE TRADERS OF THA PAST? THOSE IMAGES WILL NOT APPEAR IN THA BROCHURES AND ADS.

    AND SO MANY WILL "RETURN" BECAUSE OF HOW GOOD IT FEELS, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE TOLD THA TRUTH; ONLY WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. IT SELLS MORE TICKETS THAT WAY.