A travel advisory appeared in a Kenyan newspaper on October 3, warning Africans visiting the United States to be aware of the “potential for civil unrest” in places like Charlotte, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where there have been protests in the past few months over the police killings of unarmed black men.
With the current climate in those parts of America, it’s not surprising that the travel advisory quickly circulated all over social media and was reported by different media outlets – but it isn’t an actual warning from the African Union.
It was the work of Kenyan political cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa (better known as Gado) and it is meant to satirize the many travel warnings Western countries have placed on African countries over the years.
While speaking with Quartz about his piece and the Black Lives Matter movement, Gado said:
“It’s funny because many African countries go through those travel advisories – issued mostly by Europe and US – all the time.”
“I think most Africans relate to the Black Lives Matter movement, because they face police brutality all the time and have been fighting against it all along.”
You can see more of Gado’s work on his website.