Anger in African countries on Trump's racist comments, wants apology

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ANKUR DWIVEDI | Published On: Jan 13, 2018 05:58 PM IST |   217

Nairobi: African leaders reacted sharply on calling ‘Shithole’ to African nations by America's President Donald Trump, while many leaders accused Trump of being racist and ignorant. The 55-member African Union condemned these comments on Friday, while Ambassadors from all countries of the African continent in the United Nations demanded the withdrawal of the statement and apology from Trump.

According to a media report, a group of African ambassadors in the United States said that they are very disappointed and strongly condemn the hateful disgusting, racist comments of the American president against the people of other countries. Ambassadors agreed to the proposal unanimously in the emergency session to discuss Trump's comments. The spokesman for the African Union, Musa Faki, Ebba Kalondo said that this comment is 'clearly' racial.

Significantly, Trump has expressed disappointment over the efforts of some American lawmakers to protect the migrants of Haiti and African countries and asked why the United States should accept the citizens of these 'dirty' (shitohol) countries. However, they later tweeted, 'Such a language was not used.' The United Nations described these remarks as "shocking, shameful and racist".

Rupert Kolville, spokesman of the United Nations Human Rights Office, said, "You cannot dismiss those countries and continents whose population is not white, by calling them slums." Botswana summons up the US Ambassador to make it clear that 'Is Botswana considered to be a shithole country? Senegal has strongly condemned Trump's statement. Social media users of the African continent posted beautiful pictures of their countries with 'Shithole' hash tags. Many Africans reminded America of its historical role in the problems of this continent.

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