On Oct. 7, the AU notified Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the African Union’s ambassador to the United States, that her services would no longer be needed.

Her sudden removal has been covered in the Black international press and all over social media, for a couple of weeks, and the outrage has been palpable.

The abrupt dismissal of another ambassador has many in the African diaspora up in arms.

Located in Addis Ababa, the African Union is an organization consisting of 55 African countries. Founded in May 2001 to replace the Organization of African States, one of AU’s stated goals is “to establish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations.”

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the AU, wrote Chihombori-Quao a letter stating: “I have the honor to inform you that, in line with the terms and conditions of the service governing your appointment as Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the United States in Washington, D.C., I have decided to terminate your contract in that capacity with effect from Nov. 1, 2109.”

But no reason was given as to why Chihombori-Quao was being dismissed. Read more…

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