• With the exception of the Arab countries in the North, the entire continent of Africa is troubled economically and politically. Instead of developing, most of the many countries in the region have regressed in the past decade. This is true even in the relatively advanced country of South Africa.

  • The AIDS/HIV disease has ravaged Africa, handicapping many countries because the disease strikes the economically productive portion of the population while usually sparing children and the elderly. The African governments have been horribly slow in reacting to the crisis and medications are still generally unavailable.

  • Fueled by tribal rivalries and economic deprivation, armed conflict remains a constant on the African continent.