Petare, Venezuela

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Emily, 13 years old, chose the word “Libertad” (=Freedom).
She told me that her word is a reference to the history of Venezuela. Her country use to be a place where huge numbers of West-coast Africans were shipped over by Europeans as from 1576 and were made slaves for centuries. Slavery was officially abolished in Venezuela in 1854.
Today many Venezuelans of African descent live in low income neighbourhoods like Petare.

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