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Outside the caves

Outside the caves


Beaula McCalla outside a cave in Malabo, on the Island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. This is where her ancestors might have been kept before their long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean plantation where they would have remained as slaves.

I visited the slave caves in the Port of Malabo where there was a very real possibility that my direct ancestor would have had to endure suffering (the caves were used to hold people before they were shipped off into slavery).

I don’t know how long I stayed in the caves, but I was not ready to leave until my bare soles of my feet had been covered with the soil, until my hands had touched the dry walls, until my tears had fallen onto the ground. I said a prayer of thanks to those who had to endure this hell, so that I might survive. ( The words of Beaula McCalla.)

Beaula McCalla is an Afrikan-Caribbean Briton, who traced her blood relatives: the Bubi people, of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.

Malabo is the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Africa.Equatorial Guinea was a former Spanish colony.

Date: 2002

Copyright: Copyright Beaula McCalla

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