A Student of History

October 12, 2007

Why things don’t get better in Africa

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 6:45 am

From The Telegraph:

Wars in Africa have cost as much as the hundreds of billions of dollars the continent has been given in international aid, according to a new report.

But while it called for global controls on the arms trade and said “many African governments feel let down by the international community”, analysts said that African leaders were more to blame for armed conflict than anyone else.  Oxfam and two arms-control NGOs found that the economic impact of conflict in Africa was “a shocking $284 billion [£140 billion]” from 1990 to 2005.

“This is a massive waste of resources, roughly equivalent to total international aid from major donors in the same period,” the report, Africa’s Missing Billions, said.

The money was enough to pay for Africa’s desperate needs for both education and clean water and sanitation, or the devastation of HIV/Aids, it added.

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