Ghana: Homecoming to Misery

Africa's onetime model state betrays its promise

The refugees waved and cheered from overcrowded trucks; thousands of them stampeded joyfully down the gangways of rusty ships docked at Ghana's port of Tema. They were home after an often brutal fortnight spent in flight from Nigeria, more than 200 miles to the east. Along with workers from other nearby countries, the Ghanaians had been made scapegoats for Nigeria's formidable economic problems, and last month the Nigerian authorities gave them just two weeks to leave the country. Terrorized by fear of reprisals if they stayed,...

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