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HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR: You recently said that Africa, far too often, was a “cocktail of disasters.” Why? Why are all these things happening on the continent now?

KOFI ANNAN: There are many reasons, and as secretary-general of the UN-and as an African-I have been particularly concerned about the situation. There’s good news coming out of Africa, as well: the democratic transfer of power in Senegal, in Nigeria and in South Africa; there is positive economic news from Botswana, as there was from Mozambique until the floods. But we do have crises, and people see Africa as a continent in…

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