President Paula Mae-Weekes is urging citizens to devote attention to building meaningful relationships in families and neighbourhoods.
In her emancipation day message to the nation, president weekes said lessons must be learnt from slavery including the destruction of the institution of the family.
She stated “throughout the period of slavery, war was waged on the institution of the family.
Mothers were separated from their children and sold without ceremony and men were regularly rotated around plantations to prevent the forming of familial bonds."
According to her the forging of familial bonds was a right not afforded to our ancestors and must not be taken for granted today.
The president also hailed historical figures from across the region who had struggled for freedom, she said their efforts had greatly helped to dismantle slave systems across the Caribbean.