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Exercise 8 - majority of African countries are ruled by...

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Anthony Cavallaro GEOG 1700.003 March 23, 2009 Exercise 8: The Impact of Colonialism on Sub-Saharan Africa Many Africans blame the colonialism of the colonial era for the hardships that face the Sub-Saharan African region and its implications make it the obvious cause. Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of world’s most impoverished regions. Over 90% of its people still lack electricity, running water, proper sanitation, and decent housing. Malaria, malnutrition, tuberculosis, AIDS, and intestinal diseases kill millions of its people every year. The life expectancy is lower than most of the world and continues to fall. The colonialism of this region is to blame for these conditions. It is said to prevent the development of this region’s people and perpetually causes it to remain habitual. “Eco-colonialism keeps Africans ‘traditional’ and ‘indigenous,’ by insisting that modern technologies are harmful and not ‘sustainable’ in Africa.” The overwhelming
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Unformatted text preview: majority of African countries are ruled by republics operating under some form of presidential rule. Few of them, however, have been able to sustain a democratic government, and have instead gone through a series of coups, which eventually produce military dictatorships. Territorial and border disputes have been common, as a result of the European-imposed borders of many nations being widely questioned through armed conflicts. While AIDS has been an enormous issue in post-colonial Africa, the most devastating problem in the region of Africa has been the Second Congo War. By 2008, this conflict and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people. Since 2003 an ongoing conflict in Darfur which has become a humanitarian disaster has been underway. List of References Driessen, Paul. "Eco-Colonialism Degrades Africa." Townhall.com. 14 Feb. 2009. 22 Mar. 2009 <http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/PaulDriessen/2009/02/14/eco-colonialism_degrades_africa>....
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