AFRICA DAY

Updated: May 26


Africa Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made by the African Union in achieving its goals, especially with regard to protecting the human rights and freedoms of Africans.


Africa is the world's largest growing continent in terms of population and in terms of problems. Communal violence, abusive terrorism and counterterrorism operations, weak rule of law institutions, election-related abuses, mismanagement and corruption that fuel high unemployment rates especially among the youth, poverty, and inequality. Failure to recognize basic economic and social rights – like the rights to food or health.


Only 58 % of Sub-Saharan Africans have access to at least basic drinking water services.

The result is conflict-driven migration, underfunded and underperforming education and health systems, and underbudgeted social security programs, to name just a few. And the global Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation.


Even before the pandemic, sovereign debt across the sub-Saharan Africa was high. Now the continent faces a near $300bn deficit by the end of 2023 while trying to recover from a global economic downturn. Many African countries are at risk of debt distress. And up to 40 million people on the continent could fall into extreme poverty this year alone, according to forecasts by the African Development Bank.


600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa still do not have access to electricity.

Drought and conflict have left record numbers of people in the Horn of Africa and Sahel regions in dire need of aid, with women and children facing the brunt of the crises. The world must act now to avert further suffering.


Millions of people are facing humanitarian catastrophe as drought continues to grip the Horn of Africa. The crisis is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing conflict, swarms of desert locusts, and surging food prices due to the war in Ukraine.


Over 14 million people across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are already on the verge of starvation - about half of them children. This number will rise to 20 million by mid-2022 if the rains continue to fail, prices continue to rise, and world leaders don’t boost aid funding to meet the needs of people in crisis. Even in the best-case scenario - above-average rains ending the dry spell - it would take months for people to recover.


The cost of shopping and distributing goods in Africa adds 320% to the cost of the manufactured product

It’s important for African leaders to promote a free and prosperous Africa that belongs to all. An Africa that does not just benefit a tiny group of leaders and their entourage. An Africa where governments do not prevent a girl from finishing her education just because she falls pregnant. An Africa where leaders are not afraid of criticism, where freedom of expression is seen as an asset, not a threat, and where governments can be held to account. In short, an Africa that represents and caters for African aspirations for human rights and human dignity.


Main sources: empowerafrica.com, rescue.org, hrw.org


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