In Africa many victims of violence are killed by necklacing, which is burning people alive with a tyre wrapped around them.
With the weakening grip of imperial powers like Britain and France after World War II, was the world going to care enough about what became of Africa’s emerging nations? As dozens of newly formed republics struggled to find their feet without a helping hand, the borders drawn up during the bygone colonial era were never likely to be grounds for a long-lasting peace. The facts are there in the fallout.
Since colonialism, instability, corruption, violence and despotism have marred the histories of many African states, obstructing the path to a better future. Far from setting the tone for freedom, democratic governments have proven difficult to sustain in most cases, leaving many republics to instead cycle through a series of coups giving rise to military dictatorships. Civil war and grave human rights violations have never been far from the picture, as names like Sierra Leone and Rwanda bear witness.