As President Donald Trump’s executive orders to halt immigration from seven Muslim countries (aka the Muslim ban) continue to wreak havoc and rip families apart, the head of the African Union criticized the United States for its ultimate hypocrisy with some very stern words.
Three of AU members — Libya, Somalia and Sudan — are on Trump’s no-entry list.
“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 South African politician and outgoing AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, during the 28th annual AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, one of the darkest and most abhorrent parts of the U.S. history, began in the early 17th century and ended with the bloody Civil War in the mid-19th century.
During the 360 years of the trade’s operation, more than 300,000 Africans were taken to America and forced into slavery.
“What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity,” added Dlamini-Zuma, who is expected to run for the president of South Africa.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres also spoke at the summit, praising the union, which consists of 55 independent nations in Africa, for their peacekeeping efforts without mentioning Trump’s name or his racist and xenophobic executive order.
“African nations are among the world's largest and most generous hosts of refugees,” he said. “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.”
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