Today we remember the Berlin Conference held 135 years ago on November 15, 1884
Featuring only European powers and American interests, the conference worked out a joint policy for the scramble and partitioning of Africa. Pursuant to the policy, the continent of Africa was carved out among European powers without regard to the ethnic, linguistic, social and economic bonds which united most parts of the continent. Consequently, tribes, families, communities, and kingdoms were divided into nation states, with regard only to resource exploitation.
135 years after the conference, Africa still reels in its devastating effects manifesting in the form of ethnic strife and conflicts, political tensions, and underdevelopment.
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