Africa in the Age of Biology (Africa Human Genome by Wilmot Godfrey James

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The United Nations is working hard to improve life for such children. Wabenzi In direct contrast to the poor street children are the Wabenzi. This group has no national boundary. Rather, they are usually found in Africa’s urban areas, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Accra, Ghana, from Lagos, Nigeria, to Nairobi, Kenya. Wabenzi is a Swahili term that refers to the tribe that drives Mercedes-Benz or BMW vehicles. In some cases, Wabenzi drive their second cars, Pajeros or Range Rovers, which are kept for going on vacation trips or for shopping at the market.

Malaria and yellow fever are just a few of the many illnesses that are common to African’s rain forests. Malaria tops the list of diseases that threaten Africans. It kills up to one million children each year, and that figure has been increasing during recent years. Sleeping sickness, another devastating disease, is caused by the tsetse fly. It affects people and their livestock and 21 0699_ch02 22 6/4/05 7:50 AM Page 22 Africa South of the Sahara has hindered the growth of livestock herds where meat could provide the protein needed to balance protein-deficient diets.

A constant source of strife and discontent. In Nigeria, for example, the major nations include the Ibo in the southeast, the Yoruba in the southwest, and Hausa and Fulani in the north. The struggle among these nations for political domination is one reason for Nigeria’s history of military coups and instability. Multistate nations are also areas of political strife. Resenting the separation, such culture groups usually want to separate and join their relatives. The Somali people have always dreamed about uniting in one great state called Greater Somaliland.

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