African Union President Slams Trump Refugee Ban After U.S. Took Thousands “As Slaves”
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During a two-day summit with dozens of African Union members, President Donald Trump was condemned for his executive order that prohibits refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.   

According to The Independent, African Union President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma criticized Trump’s order, saying, “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.”  

Her reference to what The Huffington Post calls “the ultimate American hypocrisy,” refers to an estimated 300,000 Africans who were coercively brought to the U.S. as slaves nearly 400 years ago. 

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Reports state that the ban involves three African countries: Libya, Somalia and Sudan––all members of the African Union. 

Dlamini-Zuma, 68, will be stepping down as the African Union’s leader and is slated to be a top contender for the upcoming South African presidential race. The trained doctor has served in the cabinets of all four of South Africa’s post-apartheid presidents and is expected to seek leadership within the African National Congress party, Fortune writes.    

Dlamini-Zuma called the ban “one of the greatest challenges of our unity and solidarity.”