The World: Africa: Rumblings on a Fault Line

Across the midsection of Africa, at roughly the point where the savanna meets the tropical forest, a kind of human fault line separates the Arab world from Black Africa, This zone of instability, from Chad to the Horn, is a battleground where Arab guerrillas are pitted against black governments, and African rebels against Arab regimes. In a sense, two of the stubbornest rebellions—the civil war in the southern Sudan and the Eritrean uprising in northern Ethiopia—are extensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict to the north. The situation in the Sudan has been further complicated...

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