From the Washington Post –
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Two land-locked, desperately poor African countries are gripped by rebellions in the north that have left huge chunks of both nations outside of government control. Neighboring countries are rushing troops into Central African Republic only a few weeks after rebels started taking towns but Mali’s government is still awaiting foreign military help nearly one year after the situation there began unraveling. Here’s a look at why there’s been quick action in one country, and not in the other.
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Over the summer, I visited CAR and Niger (Mali’s neighbor). My impression is that this article well summarizes the distinctions between the struggles in CAR and Mali. Ultimately, what “intervention” is necessary in these regions is economic development. If the western world were more aware of global issues, perhaps movement could be made in that direction.
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