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VI Emancipation: Hon Fahie implores residents to avoid pitfalls of ‘modern slavery’

…says we have travelled far, but there is still a distance to travel
“As a Territory and as a people, while we celebrate and make our celebration the most meaningful, we must recommit to avoiding the pitfalls of all forms of slavery…We must recommit ourselves to the fullest form of Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance.” Photo: Provided
The Annual August Monday Parade is a feature of the VI's Emancipation Celebrations: VINO/File
The Annual August Monday Parade is a feature of the VI's Emancipation Celebrations: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “As a Territory and as a people, while we celebrate and make our celebration the most meaningful, we must recommit to avoiding the pitfalls of all forms of slavery…We must recommit ourselves to the fullest form of Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance.”

This, according to Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in his ‘Festival Message,’ to residents of the Territory—currently observing the nation’s annual Emancipation Celebrations.

The Opposition Leader in his 2018 Message said, “the true meaning of Festival for us is a time when we celebrate our Emancipation from the slavery of bondage,” and reminded that, “…although we have grown comfortable into believing otherwise, the reality is that there exists a minimum of five basic types of slavery in the world today, namely; debt bondage; sexual slavery, forced labour, chattel slavery and mental slavery.”

VI 2018 Festival

He noted however, “…it is with great pleasure that I greet my people and residents of the Virgin Islands (VI)…Greetings are also extended to all visitors and returning guests who have joined us as we celebrate Festival 2018 in the VI.”

He reminded “…lest we forget, it was last year, 2017, that Festival celebrations were met with torrential rains and followed by hurricanes Irma and Maria…Thanks to the resilience of our people, the local, regional and international donors and volunteers and especially the hard-working team of the BVI Electricity Corporation, whom I firmly believe need an extra honorarium for their hard work—thanks to all of them, we are finally beginning to see the light.”

According to the Opposition Leader, “…we have travelled far, but we must agree that for most of us there is still a distance to travel.”

9 Responses to “VI Emancipation: Hon Fahie implores residents to avoid pitfalls of ‘modern slavery’ ”

  • Willy Lynch (06/08/2018, 11:01) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mental Slavery is most prevalent here in the BVI. Our minds have been conditioned systematically for soo many years that we don't realize that we are fighting against our own brothers and sisters. We must be conscious that "none but ourselves can free our minds". So let's all work together, embrace each other and make this territory truly ONE BVI starting with our leaders. Safe festival everyone!
    • God help us!! (06/08/2018, 12:06) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      So very true, we fight, call down, tear down and press down our own too much, even when it is not warranted. Live and let live!!!
  • Excellent (06/08/2018, 12:37) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
    Excellent message Honorable Fahie. Thank you.
  • wow (06/08/2018, 12:38) Like (30) Dislike (14) Reply
    I really love this emancipation address. All the best everyone for festival.
  • To me (06/08/2018, 12:39) Like (112) Dislike (87) Reply
    This is why I would take Fahie as Premier over bald head any day because he knows that there's a time and place for everything.
  • hmmmmmm (06/08/2018, 12:41) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Like screwing the Braithwites over? Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves (locals/support your own) can free our minds.
  • One word (06/08/2018, 13:29) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    AWESOME
  • missing (07/08/2018, 23:22) Like (6) Dislike (22) Reply
    Good sentiment only one of the most important groups got missed out and that is the expats who went through it all with us, lost their things with us, feared for family friends and neighbours with us and are here rebuilding, cleaning and working with us to salvage our two main industries. They are owed a huge debt of gratitude and probably some better rights. Without them, the economic prospects are dire.
  • brad boynes. (09/08/2018, 18:41) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    At Missing. "He noted however, “…it is with great pleasure that I greet my people and residents of the Virgin Islands (VI).
    What the hell part of that statement you do not comprehend? Enough of the Expat bs just about now. If you do not like the Virgin Islands, you have options.



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