Tarrafal/Heritage: Carlos Vila Nova expresses personal support and that of São Tomé and Príncipe for the candidacy of the Concentration Camp

Tarrafal, Mar 14 (Inforpress) – The President of the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Carlos Vila Nova, expressed his personal support and that of his country for a possible candidacy of the Tarrafal Concentration Camp as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“We support [the candidacy of the Tarrafal Concentration Camp to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site], because we also fight to perpetuate memories of this type, because these are world heritages. We conserve and take these steps, but we make them available to the world and that’s what we have to do. The candidacy has my full support”, declared the head of state of São Tomé.

Carlos Vila Nova, who completed the second of a four-day visit to the Cape Verdean archipelago today, was speaking to the press after a visit to the Museum of Resistance, in Tarrafal de Santiago, where he was accompanied by his Cape Verdean counterpart, José Maria Neves.

“[Tarrafal Concentration Camp] is important and I am not proud to think about it again. They are memories, we end up realizing that, but the most correct way to value everything that happened here is to see that all this cost them, but it was worth their freedom. It was a painful way for us today to have the freedom we live in,” he noted.



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