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Africa in 2006: In cartoons

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

For African cartoonists like Jonathan Shapiro and Tayo Fatunla, knowing how far one can go safely can be a fine art, as their Danish colleagues are aware.

Cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro

This year, Madonna's adoption of a one-year-old in Malawi led to blanket Western media coverage but whether Africa's Aids orphans benefit is none too clear.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

Aids remains a big issue. South Africa's derided health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was sidelined and her country's HIV drug policy revamped, to the great relief of activists.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

Africa always has its fair share of bad news, with poor leadership in Africa a strong territory for cartoonists across the continent.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

This year the arrest of larger-than-life former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, who is now awaiting trial in the Hague, was welcomed by many.

Cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro

But there are fears this precedent could deter rebel leaders from agreeing to peace and stop some leaders in Africa from stepping down, fearing international justice.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

For critics, the credibility of African leaders will remain a problem until they are able to unite effectively to resolve divisive issues like the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

And even with goodwill directed towards the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila after successful elections - he has an appalling legacy to overcome.

Cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro

Opinions on PW Botha's legacy were divided when the last great defender of apartheid died in October. His belligerent finger-wagging was remembered for one last time.

Cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

Current injustices occupy Nigeria with the transition to a fully fledged democracy remaining fraught. Next year's polls should see the first civilian transfer of power since independence.

Cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro

One big theme across Africa this year has been China's growing interest and investment in Africa which is bringing threats as well as opportunities.

Cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro

And it remains everyday issues like crime and employment that are perhaps of most concern to Africans - and will still be next year.




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