- TUESDAY, 08 OCTOBER 2013
The African Union has sent a message of condolence to the families of refugees who died in last week’s boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Jean-Baptiste Natama, Chief of Staff of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission said: “We are really sad and we want to express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those victims.”
The AUC Chief of Staff noted that “the issue here is not about legal or illegal migration. What happened for whatever reason should not happen to anybody on this earth.”
Mr. Natama stressed that the African Union was looking forward to working closely with the international community to find durable solutions to address such tragedies that have been going on for the past decades.
He urged the AU Member States to use the continent’s resources to create opportunities that will enable the youth to fulfil their life expectations from the society. Mr. Natama observed that the young people leaving the continent are depriving it of its own manpower and human resources.
The African Union in its Agenda Africa 2063, Mr. Natama said, emphasises on the need to invest in people by providing them not only with education but also with food, health care and descent living conditions.