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Reflections from Cape Coast

By Karima Grady 

My beloved Ghana…as I sit in the airport, I’m musing over this photograph which captures the contradictions I found when my feet returned to your blessed soil at long last through the door of no return. Taken from the window of the Governor’s quarters of what was the largest slave castle along the Gold Coast, as I bask in the beauty before me, I am reminded that the sound of the waves drowned out the cries of my enslaved ancestors suffering in cells below, the smell of the sea erased the scent of their fear, and the sight of the breaking sun gave their captors a new day…so beautiful, so terrible…my beloved Ghana.

This reflection was written on September 15, 2018. Karima Grady is legal counsel and chief strategist with Travel Deeper Inc. 

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