“The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
These are the words of the head of the African Union, who was criticizing Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim countries.
As representatives of the AU’s 53 member states met in Addis Ababa for a two-day summit, the chief of its commission said the bloc was entering “very turbulent times” after the US President’s election.
“What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity.”
The UN Secretary General commended African countries for opening their borders to refugees and people fleeing the violence. This is a stark contrast when other parts of the world, such as the western world’s close boundaries and build walls.
Antonio Guterres, attending his first AU summit as the UN chief, said: “African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees.
“African borders remain open for those in need of protection when so many borders are being closed, even in the most developed countries in the world.”
It has been reported that Antonio Guterres’s comment drew enthusiastic applause from hundreds of African leaders and officials who attended the opening of the summit, the Associated Press reported.
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