n African Renaissance - Tony Blair's CfA : questions and answers

Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Some years ago, when I thought of the challenges facing Africa, the image of a Ghanaian wood carving constantly came to my mind : a man sitting on gold and begging for food. In spite of progress made in some parts of the continent, thinking of recent and current events in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the ongoing misuse of the military to suppress political protests in Togo, the image of Africa that haunts me most is that of a teenager on the streets of Freetown begging without hands. In that context, a middle class North American would look like a king or a queen in sub-Saharan Africa. Why is this so? And why is the international community not taking strong action to change the course of what seems to be, at some places, a descent into the abyss.

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