JANJANGBUREH FESTIVAL:

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PILGRIMAGE OR TOURISM

Juffureh or Janjangbureh are places of interest because of their linkage to some of the latest crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated in world history. Notwithstanding, they have also been inhabited by people who have inherited traditions and customs that are still playing part in shaping the cultural life of the people today.

Any government has two choices or options: one is to uphold the traditions and customs meriting the upholding of festivals to attract tourists. Hence those cultural attractions should be well identified and developed so that the communities will be able to generate both income and friendship from visitors interested in those attractions such as songs, masquerades, dancing and the crafts of the community.

On the other hand, authorities who feel the injustices perpetrated against slavery could transform the two communities and their historical sites as areas where people could trail and trace their roots in the form of a pilgrimage to be able to remember the past and gain renewed inspiration to combat all injustices in order to prevent any recurrence of the evil deeds of the past.

Such people cannot be dragged into money making and their mission could not be linked to festivals and joy making.

The two missions should therefore be clearly delineated. To mix them up is to dishonour those who suffered from slavery or are offspring of the victims.