The caribbean country of Haiti has been through a lot trying to become independent of outside rule. To help with their path toward independence, they are looking to join the African Union.
Haiti wants to join the African Union so it can have the support and protection of other African Nations as they rebuild. The Haitian ambassador, Jacques Junior Baril, looks at Haiti joining the African Union, as them getting back to their roots to understand where they are going next.
But according to reports, the Africa Union is pushing back on the request because only African states can become apart of the African Union. Instead Haiti may remain as an observing member.
“Haiti will not be admitted as a member state of the African Union at its next summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, as erroneously reported by several media outlets,” the organization said in a prepared statement via PBS.
The African Union was formed in 2001 as an attempt to reclaim Africa’s resources, culture, and economic power. The forming of the union was led by the African dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with the vision of one day including “Caribbean Islands with African populations.”
We’ll see if the African Union is looking to change their minds and let Haiti be apart.