Africa: How to Keep Going

From London the Commonwealth's African members flew on to Cairo, where a club of a different sort was meeting. Out of their traffic stacks high over Gamal Abdel Nasser's shiny new airport swooped jet after jet, bearing every sort of African leader from emperor to president to tribal chief. They were gathering for the second annual "summit" of the fledgling Organization of African Unity founded by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia a little over a year ago.

A vast, parti-colored mosaic, the O.A.U. consists of 34 states fragmented into racial, tribal and religious segments that make...

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