Author: Jeevan A. Robinson (MNI Alive Media | Date: 23 February 2017
We have heard stories of rape, and the treatment of female slaves who worked on plantations in the New World, but as was indicated via my first piece yesterday, the inhumanity of our Ancestors bondage was inflicted even before they left the shores of their very own homeland - Africa.
Today, the conditions that female slaves underwent is the focus of my second feature.
On my visit to Cape Coast Castle in Ghana to the place where the Ancestors were held before being shipped off into slavery via the horrible ordeal of the Middle Passage Crossing, it was revealed the condition under which the male slaves were kept in a dungeon for weeks on end - forced to live in their own human waste, with little light or ventilation.
The conditions for the women were no better.
Female Slaves were held separately to the men in what was the Female Dungeon. Inside that dungeon, up to 500 or more women would be cramped in a tiny space. These women were not allowed to bathe nor clean themselves also for weeks on end; having to suffer the disgrace of being in their own human waste and with no privacy if they were undergoing their menstrual cycle.
The shame inflicted on the women was further compounded, as there were regular occurrences of rape and forced sexual intercourse with the female slaves by the slave keepers at the Castle. It was then, that some females got to wash themselves; for if an officer or any of their captors looked to have sexual intercourse with them against their wishes they were sent to wash first.
Women who resisted this were placed in a solitary confinement area that was cramped and devoid of light. In addition, the cruelty was such that some of these women who fought back against being raped were made to walk in the yard carrying heavy 15-20 kilos cannon balls above their heads. Such was the weight of these cannon balls for the females that they barely lasted a minute during this ordeal.
As was explained on the walk through of the old Slave holding structure, their was mass rape that tool place of our Ancestors before they even got on the ships to the Americas and The Caribbean. After the females were raped they were sent back to the dungeons.
Some of these very females eventually went on to conceive and bare children as a result of their rape. These children were given European names as the slaves were not allowed even before they left Africa to use their own names. So many were called by a name given by their captors and surnames derived, at times, from the slave merchant ship on which they were placed. Also, the birth the children conceived as a result of mass rape contributed to the surge of lighter shade blacks during that period.
Many descendants of our Ancestors who today in modern times champion the colonisers' aspect of their bloodline within them, it was explained that they gained this bloodline mainly through the raping of their Ancestral grandmothers by former slave owners and their keepers.
A powerful reminder of where the energies of such celebrations should rightfully be channelled.
Video 2 Below Explains Further The Treatment of Female Slaves While They Await Transfer:
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