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Millennium Challenge Corporation’s CEO Tours Bunce Island

By Mohamed Faray Kargbo 

Visiting Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO, Sean Cairncross made a historic tour of the Bunce Island, a former slave holding facility on the shores of Sierra Leone on Friday, October 16.

The Chief Executive Officer was in the country on a two-day MCC threshold assessment visit. Both the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria Brewer and Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt accompanied him to Bunce Island as they watched through the ruins in awe. 

Francis Musa Momoh, the Research and Development Officer of the Monuments and Relics Commission who guided the tour narrated the horrid ordeal that Africans went through during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. He said Bunce Island has the greatest connections to the US because slaves captured and sent to supply labour to the rice plantations in the US. He regretted that humanity was reduced to such a level of calamity. 

He thanked the US government for helping Sierra Leone preserve the site. “The rapid deterioration of this former slave fort has been arrested thanks to funds provided by the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

The Monuments, Relics Commission, and National Tourist Board presented gifts to the CEO, MCC in appreciation of his visit to one of the country’s most treasured cultural sites. 

Bunce Island in Sierra Leone has strong connections with the USA particularly South Carolina and Georgia.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board and the Monuments and Relics Commission jointly facilitated the visit. 

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