Africa’s dark turn
Africa is known as “the dark continent.” Lately, it has sure earned its nickname. The recent attack by the extremist group al-Shabab on a Kenyan university that killed 147, its attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed 67 people and the constant attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria have killed thousands and resulted in hundreds of schoolchildren being kidnapped. All of this introduced another dark chapter into African history.
These terrorist groups claim that they are committing these acts because they oppose Western modernity and values. But in essence, with their savage and barbaric attacks they are bringing Africa back to the Stone Age, when violence, destruction, lawlessness and chaos were the prevailing orders of the day.
KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach, California