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  1. Yam Cult Mask

  2. Heart of Darkness • Some historical context • Some biography • A note on contemporary Africa

  3. Congo of early 20th Century • Similar to Rwanda or Darfur • An example of Western Greed and Oppression • A cause celeb—commented on by Twain, Conrad, TR, Carnegie, and others

  4. Written in early 1990’s; in NHS Library

  5. King Leopold-- Rapaciousness Ivory Diamonds Gold

  6. Born in what is today Ukraine Polish Wrote in English, his third language Went to sea in late teens

  7. Cecil Rhodes astride the African continent

  8. Places we should know • Sudan: Islamic-Arab Government • Darfur: an Islamic, black African area • Southern Sudan: majority Christian, black African

  9. Zimbabwe • Robert Mugabe • Rhodesia • What legacy is the nation dealing with? • Leads the world in inflation—in the quadruple digits • A Failed State

  10. The Congo • War of the late 1990’s • Legacy of Rwanda • Most violent war since WWII—over four million dead • Legacy of the Cold War • 1950’s Laurent Kabila • Mobutu Sese Seko • Source of timber, coltane, and other stuff

  11. Kenya • Violent ethnic strife erupted last year after a contested national election. Two sides declared victory. For many years Kenya garnered attention for stability and economic development; however, the corrupt government, under the control of Daniel Arap-Moi, enriched only a small minority. To the West Kenya largely remains a land of exotic animals and marathoners, not a nation struggling to create a sense of nationalism among competing ethnic groups.

  12. The Africa We Now Experience • BORDERS? • NATURAL RESOURCE EXPLOITATION • ETHNIC STRIFE (KENYA, SUDAN, CONGO) • POVERTY • AIDS • NGO FOCUS-Non Governmental Organization