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Refugees hope for solutions as African leaders gather in Ethiopia

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Leaders from across the continent are in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa city to attend an African Union (AU) summit, hoping to find a way to deal with the displacement crisis the continent is facing. The mood in the city is upbeat: Flags of all 55 AU member states are fixed to the street lights, and hotels and conference halls are fully booked. In the city's Janmeda area - about 15 minutes drive from the AU headquarters - around 50 people are gathered in a compound behind a large white-painted gate manned by security guards. They are refugees from more than 15 countries. The compound is run by a charity, Jesuit Refugee Service, and they are gathered to receive food and attend English classes.


African Union summit in Ethiopia focuses on refugees

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Security across the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa has been beefed up as dignitaries and heads of states from across the continent gather for the annual African Union (AU) summit which kicked off on Thursday. Metal detectors and security officers have been placed at the entrances of major hotels in the city. This year's summit will focus on refugees and internally displaced persons. That figure has recently been rising because of ongoing crises in countries like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. According to the UNHCR, 85 percent of the refugees are in developing countries.


African Union Commission: Who will be the next chair?

Al Jazeera

The African Union, the 54-member states continental body, will elect on Monday a new commission chairperson to replace outgoing leader Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is not seeking a second term after finishing her four-year-tenure. Heads of states and dignitaries have been arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where the AU is based, to attend the continental summit and to lobby for their preferred candidate for Africa's top job. Five candidates are in the running to replace Dlamini-Zuma, a former South African minister and first female AU leader, who is thought to be seeking to replace her former husband, President Jacob Zuma, as South Africa's fourth democratically elected president since the end of apartheid in 1994. So, who are the candidates seeking to lead the AU over the next four years? Widely seen as a front-runner for the job, Amina has the backing of almost all Anglophone countries.


Is the African Union fulfilling its mandate?

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa for their annual summit. The pan-African body, comprising 55 member states, was founded in 2001 and launched a year later to much funfair and lofty ambitions. The continental body replaced the Organisation of African Unity, established in 1963 to end colonialism in Africa. The AU leaders promised African solutions to African problems. But has the organisation been successful?


How the AU failed Africans, from Sudan to DRC and Zimbabwe

Al Jazeera

As African heads of state and government gather in Addis Ababa this weekend for the 32nd Summit of the African Union, Sudan is deep in its second month of protests sparked by a steep rise in the cost of living. Security forces have killed more than 45 people and caused serious injuries to many more, even firing live bullets and tear gas into a hospital while pursuing injured people. In Zimbabwe, a sharp rise in the cost of fuel, with consequences for the cost of living, has also spawned widespread protests. In response, security forces have unleashed a deadly onslaught, killing 12 people and arbitrarily arresting over 600. Reports also indicate that many women were raped in the crackdown and many people were left with debilitating injuries.