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Africans outraged over 'racist' Trump remarks

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Africans have reacted angrily after US reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many accusing the US of and ignorance.

The 55-nation condemned the remarks yesterday, while a statement from of all countries from the continent at the demanded a retraction and apology.

The African Group of UN said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the of the United States of America as widely reported by the media".

unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks.

The comment was "clearly" racist, said Ebba Kalondo, for chief

"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation," Kalondo said.

He stressed the US was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

reportedly demanded to know why the should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, and


However he later tweeted: "this was not the language used".

The slammed the reported remarks as "shocking and shameful" and "racist".

"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome," Rupert Colville, for the UN human rights office, told reporters in

summoned to the country to "clarify if is regarded as a 'shithole' country", according to a foreign ministry statement calling Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

followed suit with saying the government "firmly condemned the unacceptable remarks which undermine human dignity, especially of and her diaspora".

was widely derided last year after twice referring to as "Nambia".

users across the continent posted images of modern skylines and beautiful nature from their countries with the hashtag "shithole".

Many Africans reminded the US of its historic role in the continent's woes.

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a 'shithole' country called Ghana," wrote Ghanaian on

"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of and why people like you made that a 'shithole' continent."

Prominent Kenyan told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new.

"This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about for decades. We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries."

Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as Western nations.

"Please don't confuse the #shithole leaders we Africans elect with our beautiful continent... Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our shitty misleaders for generations," wrote Kenyan activist on

In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress party declared "ours is not a shithole country" and described Trump as "extremely offensive".

Some Nigerians did not hold back, with many on saying their country was a "shithole", but that it was "our shithole" to criticise.

In Senegal's capital Dakar, said "we cannot really say that he (Trump) is wrong".

"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate".

Even war-torn weighed in, with President Salva Kiir's slamming the comments as "outrageous".

Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump's remarks were "on point".

"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way," she said.

The 54-nation UN African Group, which does not include Western Sahara, demanded a "retraction and an apology" from Trump, while thanking Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".

Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk- show hosts.

South African Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Trump's preferred choice of for immigrants.

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest -- so white they wear moon-screen," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 11:40 IST
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