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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

OUR PETITION

We hereby call on Her Majesty’s Government to:

1) Openly apologise for the shameful practice of forced conscription in the former British colonies in West Africa during the Second World War;

During World War II, Her Majesty’s Government forcefully conscripted around 60,000 young men from the former British West African colonies of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Gambia to fight against the Axis powers. Several thousand were killed in action. Their families received no support or financial recompense from the colonial administration. Those who survived returned home from the frontlines with combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and received no support or financial recompense from the colonial administration.
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2) Posthumously recognise the role of the gallant West African soldiers in the campaign of the British Fourteenth Army that ended the Japanese occupation of Burma in 1945.

Despite their immense contribution, the vital role that West Africans played during World War II has never been officially recognised by Her Majesty’s Government. When Allied Commander, General William Slim, thanked the Fourteenth Army at the end of the Burma Campaign in 1945, he purposefully omitted those West African troops. This petition aims at rectifying historic injustice and colonial prejudice.

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