Urgently, the African Union (AU) must take action on a dangerous matter

By Williams Brown

The African Union (AU) should urgently take action on the Ukrainian ambassador’s attempt in Senegal to recruit young people to use as cannon fodder in his country’s conflict with Russia.

Judging by the conduct of the Kiev diplomat in Dakar, denounced by several international media, once again the inhabitants of the so-called black continent intend to use them as «slaves», but this time to lead them to certain death in a war. That doesn’t involve them.

Sub-regional organizations in Africa must also be alert because Ukrainian diplomacy, violating all international norms, seems to be looking for mercenaries in different nations, as the US already practiced in Latin America when it invaded Iraq.

If the Africans voted scattered, and many in favor of a recent resolution against Russia in the UN General Assembly due to the military dispute with Ukraine, they must now unite to categorically reject the conduct adopted by Kiev.

The citizens of that continent cannot be paid miserably to take them to a confrontation promoted by colonizing imperial powers and perpetrators of military aggression against states such as Libya, Syria, Palestine, and Iraq, among others.

Africa, always despised by the rich north, and today very damaged by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, needs peace, a lot of peace, to survive in the midst of the complex panorama that humanity faces.

It is well known that Africans who fled the Ukraine were mistreated and prevented from leaving by the military authorities of that country.

The president of the AU and also of Senegal, Macky Sall, described the mistreatment of fellow citizens of his region who tried to leave Ukraine as scandalously racist and in violation of international law.

Similar statements were made by the president of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who, like Sall, recalled that all people have the right to cross international borders during a conflict and, as such, should enjoy the same rights, regardless of their nationality or racial identity.

Africa must unitedly reject mercenarism, which has suffered so much, and urgently call on the UN to strongly condemn the Kiev government for its dangerous behavior and contempt for other peoples.