While standing at the top of Elmina Castle, the view is majestic. It is easy to become enraptured in the beauty—the sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean. Forgetting the fact that you are standing on top of building that epitomizes the depravity of man. It is even easier to not see what is currently happening. At first glance, it looks like dozens of men going about their work. Then you realize that the “men” are not small simply because they are at such a distance, but they appear child-sized because they are in fact children.
As a costal State, fisheries are extremely popular in Ghana. Because of their vulnerability due to poverty or homelessness, the very street children that we came to help are often sold to work in the fisheries (also textiles, prostitution, etc.). I KNOW modern day slavery. I know the statistics and the stories. But for the first time, I SAW the eyes of the ones who were not rescued. From a monument of what we have overcome, I was quickly brought back to the reality that there is still so much more to be done.