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War Ravaged Africa and the Myth of Africa Rising

by Dawit W Giorgis

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According to Africa Development Bank, Africa as a whole maintained its position as the world’s second-fastest growing economies in 2016, behind South Asia. It is repeatedly being told that Africa is rising.  The spin   in the global narrative about Africa,  previously deemed as the Dark Continent may be soothing to some minds, but it is simply not true on a human level. 

“The war is headed to Africa”, Senator Lindsay Graham said. “It’s beginning to morph. As we suppress the enemy in the Mideast, they’re going to move, they’re not going to quit.”

He said this after the death of four US special forces soldiers in Western Niger on October 4, in an ambush in the area where over 46 conflicts has taken place in the last 20 months, including a February attack that killed 15 Nigerian soldiers and a year ago killed 22 Nigerien forces at a refugee camp.   After this incident in western Niger, “attention was suddenly focused on one of the most remote and chaotic war zones on the planet.”

The war of terror has been in Africa since the 1998 bombing of the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Since then Africa has been fighting terror on all fronts, West, East, Central and Northern Africa.   If this scale of destruction had taken place in any other continent it would have been called World War III.  And now various sources indicate that there is more insecurity headed towards Africa. Read more…


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