Many of the 54 countries involved in the AU view Haiti as an African country, albeit just a little further away than most. The recent earthquake tragedy showed just how connected the African continent feels to the island: Senegal offered Haitians “free land,” after the earthquake, and at the AU summit in 2010, Chairman Jean Ping invited Haitians to repatriate to Africa.
“What happened to Haiti is a tragedy that transcends borders,” Ping said. “We have attachment and links to that country. The first black republic … that carried high the flame of liberation and freedom for the black people and has paid a heavy price for so doing.”
Given the strong overtures from African nations to offer free land, help and assistance to Haitian earthquake victims (African countries pledged more than $8 million USD after the quake), it should come as no surprise that two years later AU nations are advocating for Haiti to join its exclusive club. Haiti has been an “observer” of the AU for a while, and its request to be an associate member will be officially ratified during the next AU summit in June 2013…READ MORE