Africa

Books

Afrika Vänder | Sten Rylander


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At the Berlin Conference of 1884–85, the colonial powers drew up the main features of the map that still applies to Africa today. The driving force was the need for expansion and supply of raw materials. During the 20th century, especially after the end of World War II, Europe faced growing competition from the United States and for decades, the Soviet Union also made efforts to make allies in Africa. After the fall of the Soviet Union, American influence became even more prominent, with the help of multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the WTO.

A “Brief” on the book can be read here.

Movies

The Last King of Scotland


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Nicholas Garrigan arrives in Uganda and becomes the personal doctor of the charismatic but ruthless dictator Idi Amin. At first, Nicholas is swept along by Amin’s strong personality and charm, but like the rest of the world, he slowly begins to understand that Amin is not the savior he claims to be. Behind the facade hides a ruthless dictator and Nicholas realizes that his own life is in danger.

The movie can be seen on SFAnytime

Documentaries

Somalia – A Country in Free Fall


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Since 1991, Somalia has lacked a functioning central power. Despite billions in annual international support, the country has no infrastructure and no banking system – the currency used in the country is the dollar. A weak army and a poorly equipped police force are facing daily attacks by terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab.

A trailer on the documentary can be seen here

Books

Eritrea | Paul Frigyes


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According to the World Bank, Eritrea had an average income of $490 in 2013, less than a third of the average in sub-Saharan Africa. In the same year, the Human Development Index ranked Eritrea as 182 out of 187 countries based on criteria such as life expectancy, education and GDP (life expectancy is 63 years and the average time in school is 4.1 years). In the World Bank’s report 2015 on conditions for conducting trade, Eritrea is in last place (189). Amnesty has reported thousands of political prisoners and the UN human rights rapporteur has been denied access to the country. The country has been living under UN sanctions since 2009.

A “Brief” on the book can be read here.