The Independent: “African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees”

The head of the African Union has criticised Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, saying it presents “one of the greatest challenges” for the continent.

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.

“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.

“What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity.”

Mr Trump’s executive order prevented people with passports from three African nations – Libya, Somalia and Sudan – from travelling to the US. It also blocked visas for citizens from four Middle Eastern countries – Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran.

The President has also suspended all US refugee programmes for 120 days, and ended the flow of Syrian refugees to America indefinitely.

This is horrible! I think people of African descent living in various counties throughout the Americas, Caribbean and Europe (as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade) should also be represented in the African Union. This will help us create the Black Power that we so desperately need.

Source: Adam Withall. “African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees.” The Independent. January 30, 2017. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/donald-trump-muslim-ban-african-union-refugees-slaves-immigration-a7553041.html.

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