Meeting at a summit in Malabo warns the African Union

The summit of the African Union opened on Friday morning in Malabo. This first working day of the Heads of State was devoted to humanitarian crises. The picture is worrying and risks getting even darker, according to Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat.

With our special correspondent in Malabo, Peter Sassou Dogbe

The summit began with a very gloomy picture of the humanitarian situation. Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the Commission, explained that the humanitarian emergencies in Africa were many, varied and geographically dispersed and posed a major concern for the African Union.

This bleak picture, he added, is further obscured by the plight of refugees on the continent and by the effects of climate changemanifested by prolonged drought and devastating floods.

Armed conflicts further aggravate the situation, says Macky Sall, the current president of the African Union. We must acknowledge that and mobilize, he added. “We can not dream of a better future when the poverty of some leaves others indifferent,” the Senegalese president concluded.

An appeal to donors was launched, but member states were also urged to work to ensure that people affected by humanitarian crises are not abandoned.

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