For 20 years the gap has been widening between the level of economic development in Africa and every other area of the world.
Regions / Africa
In June 1993 Nigerias military, led by General Ibrahim Babangida, annulled election results, thereby blocking the inauguration of the countrys first civilian president in a decade.
For many in the U.S., Somalia is viewed as a powerful symbol of United Nations peacekeeping failure.
Since 1994 U.S. statements regarding a newly democratic South Africa, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) have frequently been cast in the language of a love fest.
The international community, which failed to act when the crisis began, now faces a major challenge in Burundi and, more widely, in Central Africa.