SIERRA LEONE: Insecticitation

The loathing of Black African nations for the white-supremacist enclave of Rhodesia has often been stated—but never quite so bitingly as it was last week when tiny Sierra Leone announced its first list of national awards and honors. A spokesman for President Siaka Stevens, recalling that the country's 19th century nickname was "the white man's grave" because of Sierra Leone's hordes of malaria-bearing mosquitos, said that among the honors would be a Medal of the Mosquito, for conspicuous gallantry. Why? Because the vicious little pests prevented white men from permanently settling in the area and thus forestalled the creation...

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