Macky Sall, reiterating the African Union‘s appeal for the removal of Western sanctions against Zimbabwe, which have been in place for over two decades, made the statement. On Friday, he was giving a speech in Malabo, which was taking place during the first African Union humanitarian meeting. At the beginning of this year, the UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights came to the conclusion that Western sanctions had made Zimbabwe’s economic and humanitarian crises even worse.
Friday marked the beginning of two exceptional summits of the African Union, which were held in Malabo. Following the opening remarks given by the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, the President of Senegal, who is currently serving as the Chairperson of the African Union, gave a speech. He asked that the restrictions that western countries have put on Zimbabwe for more than twenty years be taken away. Keeping in mind the numerous requests made by the African Union, I would like to make a solemn appeal for the removal of the international sanctions that have been placed on our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe for a number of years now. In the middle of a very serious crisis that is still going on, these sanctions make life much harder for the people of Zimbabwe.”
The plight of those in need was the primary topic of discussion during the first day of the African Union summit. Macky Sall had to cut short his trip because there was a three-day national mourning decree in Senegal. He did, however, announce that Senegal would donate $3 million to an African relief project: “In advance, I would just like to announce a modest contribution from Senegal of $3 million for humanitarian action in Africa.”
The opening ceremony was followed by a pledge conference, which was held in order to address the question of providing adequate funding for humanitarian aid. The African Union is holding its very first “extraordinary humanitarian meeting” today. At the gathering, there were also representatives from international benefactors. According to a report by the United Nations in 2020, 282 million people in Africa were malnourished. A figure that is still subject to growth in 2022 due to the aftereffects of the crisis in Ukraine, as well as other wars and climate shocks.