Putin assured the AU that Russia would ease grain shortages, but the arrangement is far from straightforward.
All conflicts and refugees should be treated equally — the uneven support for whites fleeing Ukraine highlights why formerly colonised peoples need to be critical of the Western camp and seek out their own peaceful path.
As encouraging steps are taken to resolve the military conflict, pressure for a negotiated settlement is needed.
NATO’s war in Libya was its first major military operation in Africa, but it was not the first European military footprint on the continent. NATO’s war on Libya changed the dynamics of the relationship between the African countries and the West. The African Union was wary of Western military intervention in the region.
On May 15, 2022, the military junta in Mali announced that it would no longer be part of the G5 Sahel platform. The G5 Sahel was created in 2014, bringing together Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to collaborate over the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel belt.
The Ukraine crisis is significantly increasing political stress and potential conflict throughout Africa.
Companies are moving their production back to developed countries. This is jeopardising the decades-long progress in global poverty reduction.
Zimbabwean PhD student Simbarashe Moyo is among those who were at the forefront of organising and assisting African students displaced by the Russia-Ukraine War. “The aim was to trace and coordinate the movement of African Students and also help them when they cross over to Poland.”
African countries are overly dependent on food imports, a disturbing scenario for a continent with 60 percent of the world’s arable land that is now battling food crisis in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. How can African countries boost food security?