The recent violence in the country stems from a power struggle between leaders of rival tribes, but it has deep roots in the region’s colonial history.(Photo: Oxfam International / Flickr) Hopefully the recent ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan will halt that country’s downward spiral into civil war.
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The players represented virtually the entire Western industrial world, although the key participants were Great Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal.
As South African geographer Matt Rosenberg notes, “At the time of the conference, 80 percent of Africa remained under traditional and local control.” When the meeting ended a year later, the colonial powers had “superimposed” some 50 artificial countries “over the 1,000 indigenous cultures and regions of Africa,” thus setting the fuse for future wars and countless ethnic conflicts.
The Amon temple at Kawa for example was roofed by cedars that Taharqa has imported especially from Lebanon as recorded on his stele at Jebel Barkal (Sudan).
Refugees fleeing the fighting around Bor, South Sudan arrive at the settlement of Awerial.