Some African states resisted the demand for a wider definition of “conflict diamonds” to include government violence. They even suspected it was part a “regime change” agenda.
So far there have been 458 cases, including 271 deaths, in two DRC’s provinces. This could get much worse. In Liberia’s case, over two years, 4,810 people lost their lives to ebola.
Sirleaf’s parents were adopted rather than born into Liberia’s dominant minority, targets of the “Christian duty” felt by many wealthy Americo-Liberian families to liberate “tribal children” from rural areas.
Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda, and Senegal between them provide 30% of the UN’s total peacekeeping force.
The snub signals the return of the US/Africa policy that held sway from 1960 to 2001 when the continent was on the back burner in Washington.