The African continent has come quite a long way with regard to espousing democracy, yet it still has to overcome numerous hurdles as it endeavors to rewrite its history.
Among the many setbacks the continent has suffered over the years is the host of dictators who continue to hold their citizenry ransom while ruthlessly clamping down on any opposing voices.
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These autocratic rulers have and continue to commit some of the worst atrocities against their citizens and appear to have no one to answer to. Here are the top five most ruthless African dictators that ever lived.