African heads of state have begun their annual continental meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
This year’s African Union summit is being held amid growing insecurity in parts of the continent and a major food crisis with several countries facing severe drought.
It was the first major meeting of leaders from across the continent in Addis Ababa after the AU brokered a peace deal between the Ethiopian government and forces in the country’s Tigray region. The agreement ended one of Africa’s deadliest armed conflicts.
Since the agreement, fighting has stopped and access to humanitarian aid has increased.
Now the AU needs to address security issues from West Africa’s Sahel to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Meanwhile, millions are starving in the Horn of Africa due to the worst drought in two generations.
The two-day summit is expected to call for a boost in the implementation of the free trade agreement across the continent.
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