Five violent tensions between African countries that show why Pan-Africanism is a difficult goal

Nii Ntreh Dec 18, 2019 at 02:00pm

December 18, 2019 at 02:00 pm | History

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

December 18, 2019 at 02:00 pm | History

Members of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army parade during a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Front proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the disputed territory of Western Sahara on February 27, 2016 at the Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla which lies 170 km to the southeast of the Algerian city of Tindouf. SADR was declared in 1976 by the Polisario Front -- a rebel movement that wants independence for Western Sahara -- which fought a guerrilla war against Rabat's forces before a ceasefire in 1991. / AFP / Farouk Batiche (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The most extreme naysayers believe the political and philosophical goal of Pan-Africanism was doomed from birth.

The argument goes that for a continent whose people’s modern sense of identity is basically the creation of colonizers, to break out of that husk is next to impossible.

To exemplify their points, these critics point to border disputes, a heritage of colonialism. Some of these disputes have blown into full-on wars on the continent.

But border disputes are not the only cause of violent tensions among African countries. Half a century since the so-called Decade of Independence, finding platforms for community has not been without struggle for Africans.

As follows are five historic and violent feuds that broke out between African countries over political and other reasons.

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