“Heirs of Slavery” exposes a view over the soul of those women and those men and tries to dismantle the inevitability thesis of the situations those beings fell into. This prologue aims to help finding the etiology of the situation that is not spontaneously generated. The abandonment of the rural populations of the Cape-Verde archipelago where voted for their regime of Oliveira Salazar; the profiting of the ad-hoc commissaires and the subcontractors installed on the archipelago who took advantage of these poor bastards; the revenues that navigation companies had with the transportation of recruitment slavery; the fees and briberies that changed from the hands of the exploiters masters to the hands of the corrupted authorities; in short, an endless number of situations and of crooks that slather on this slow death business decisively contributed to the disgrace of these brothers of ours, leaving them in the situation of vulnerability captured by the lenses of Pedro Matos together with the feelings of Luis Neves have found them.
To understand the basic of the phenomenons that originated the present state of things and invest in programs that dismantle the geometrical accidents that set the fate of parents and grandparents (the vicious Cycle; the helplessness Triangle and the square Minds, who have kept the situation in standby) and in Holistic Education are the steps taken in the right direction: the freedom of the Heirs of the Slavery.
To look each photo of this magnificent work and be carried away to a place where we want to change the page of history, set the unique beauty there is in each child, man and woman, despite the ragged attire, the broken stairs, the train tracks covered by vegetation, and remember always, each second, in each page turn, that human dignity is not negotiable.
Lígia Dias Fonseca in Prefácio