Kara (Agenzia Fides) - "The picture of Africa of 25 May 2020, in the midst of a global health crisis, is not the picture of a sick, bruised, decimated Africa, but rather a solid and stable Africa that, unlike the great powers of this world, managed to counteract all the prejudices and ideas conceived towards it": this is what Father Donald Zagore, an Ivorian theologian, writes to Agenzia Fides, recalling that since 25 May 1963, the year of foundation of the current "African Union", signed in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia among the leaders of 30 of the 32 independent states of the continent, "Africa Day" is celebrated every year.
"This positive situation is the result of the determination of the sons and daughters in general and the youth in particular of this continent who took their destiny in hand by showing ingenuity, dedication and above all creativity", underlines the priest of the Society for African Missions.
"Africa went to draw from its deepest resources to give concrete answers to this crisis alone. From the discovery of remedies based on purely African products, to the production of face masks, hydroalcoholic gels, self-contained breathing apparatus, to charity services, from North Africa to South, from East to West, Africans have shown maturity and unity. We have seen a hard-working and successful Africa. A new Africa is born with Covid-19".
"If we succeeded once then we can also do it in other sectors - explains Zagore - starting from the commitment to making democratic values the basis for our policies. Today, one of the major challenges for the African Union is to silence weapons on the continent by developing the firm belief that a united people is stronger than bombs. The union of the African continent and, in particular, of the entire population must be born simply on the basis of democratic principles that guarantee justice, equity, legality and integrity for all". (DZ/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 27/5/2020)