Africa: Who Is Safe?

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Unless I can meet at least some of these aspirations, my head will roll just as surely as the tickbird follows the rhino.

—Julius Nyerere (1961)

The aspirations that accompanied African independence were great indeed and, to an extent, some of them have been realized. From Dakar to Dar es Salaam, gleaming office buildings rise where rust-roofed shantytowns once stood. Hydroelectric dams now hum where only the crocodile hunter passed ten years ago. Africans who a short time ago ran drugstores or taught elementary school debate eloquently with their former colonial...

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