The experience of enslaved people from Africa has left an indelible mark on the history and culture of Portugal including Fado music. Starting in the 15th Century, Portugal helped drive the transatlantic slave trade from West Africa. To ensure their rights are protected as a special victim group, the United Nations declared 2015 – 2024 an International Decade for People of African Descent.

Credit: Batoto Yetu Portugal ( a youth and cultural association that works with children and young people who are interested in African culture.