African Union tells Trump “our people were taken as slaves,” but not as refugees | Mic

african_slavery_slave_ships_-_2017-01-31_20-44-46.pngAfrican Union tells Trump “our people were taken as slaves,” but not as refugees | Mic – The transatlantic slave trade — which began in America in the early 17th century and culminated with the Civil War in the mid-19th century — left around 12.5 million Africans forced into slavery: 10.7 million ended up in the U.S., providing the foundation for the country’s monolithic economy.

“We are entering very turbulent times,” Dlamini-Zuma also warned in her address to the AU.

The 54-member union, established in 2001 and comprised of nation states spanning the African continent, met for its 28th gathering in part to choose Dlamini-Zuma’s successor. The Foreign Minister of Chad, Moussa Faki Mahamat, was voted to succeed her role as head of the union.

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres spoke at the summit in Addis, buttressing Dlamini-Zuma’s message, adding some strong words directed at “developed countries” that close their borders.

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