Angola backs Cabo Verde in bid for Tarrafal as World Heritage Site

Cabinda – The republics of Angola and Cabo Verde manifested on Tuesday in Cabinda, Angolan northern province, the intention to file a joint bid in UNESCO for the former Tarrafal Camp, in Cabo Verde, to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.

The intention comes on a joint statement signed by the Angolan Culture minister, Carolina Cerqueira, and her Cabo Verdean counterpart, AbraAPound o Vicente, on the fringes of a work session of the Culture Ministry’s Sixth Broad Consultative Council, which began last Monday.

Speaking to the press, Carolina Cerqueira emphasised that the idea is to value and promote a site that has a connection with Angola’s independence fight process and its affirmation in the context of nations.

She went on to explain that because Tarrafal is a place of collective memory, it is essential that both countries invest in joint work so that the location � which was a sort of concentration camp used by the then Portuguese colonial authorities to confine many freedom fighters from their colonies, including Angola � can eventually be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

On his turn, the Cabo Verdean Culture minister, AbraAPound o Vicente, said it is paramount that the two countries work together and have into account that history that unites them.

Meawhile, in Cabo Verde, Tarrafal Camp is already a national heritage which has a great symbolic and historic significance for the archipelago and the Portuguese-speaking African countries and others.

Source: Angola Press News Agency