09 January 2011

African Borders ~ Legacy of Colonial Carve-Up

Given the South Sudanese independence vote, the NYTimes has the following infographic on African borders, A Continent Carved Up, Ignoring Who Lives Where... Thanks to Emeka Okafor of Africa Unchained fame for spotting this. Of course, it gets even more tricky on a fine-grain basis. Consider the complexities of Rwanda or the internal migrations of Nigeria or the Americo-returnee vs native tensions in Liberia or the northern vs southern dynamic in Côte d'Ivoire, and so forth. And Sudan, an enormous country the size of Western Europe, has its own ethnic patchwork, as this BBC infographic shows...

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