Moussa Faki Mahamat

Moussa Faki Mahamat. Photo: African Union

As Africa ushers in the new year 2018, Africans must remember the enormous costs of conflict on the continent, African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat said in his message to mark the occasion.

Mahamat, from Chad, said in the message issued from AU headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “… we should remember all those who lost their lives not because they lost the will to live, but because of the deadly cloud of conflict, intolerance and disregard for human life and endeavour.

“We ought to do more and better in 2018 to ensure a future for ourselves, our children, our continent and our world, where the right to life, peace, opportunity and protection should be the basic barometer of our shared humanity.”

He added, “We should not also forget the women and men serving in African Union or United Nations peace operations in Africa. In 2017, many of them were killed in the line of duty. Their sacrifices should not be in vain.” The message in full