AFRICA: Drought for Democracy

Only last month United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim returned from a tour of drought-stricken African states and declared that several of the six nations of the Sahelian strip just beneath the Sahara could literally disappear as a result of the devastation spread by a six-year dry spell. Last week, in landlocked Niger, a military coup toppled the democratic government that President Hamani Diori, 57, had conscientiously administered since he led his people to independence from France in 1960. Though the coup was largely bloodless, three people were reported killed, including Diori's wife, who was shot while she was said to...

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