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Last Updated: Monday, 27 December, 2004, 06:31 GMT
Africa's year in cartoons
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Nigerian cartoonist Tayo Fatunla presents his take on a year in Africa, which has seen it slip off the international agenda.
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The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has received a lot of attention but not enough to stop the suffering.
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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turned 80 but showed no sign of giving up his grip on power.
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Africa's major oil producer and most populous nation, Nigeria, continues to suffer from a host of problems.
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In neighbouring Cameroon, no-one was surprised when President Paul Biya was re-elected for another seven years.
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But Ghana was a sign of hope. There was a massive turnout at elections, with long, orderly queues of voters. And the loser accepted his defeat and congratulated the winner.
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The two-year stand-off in Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) reignited in November and threatens to destroy what used to be West Africa's richest country.
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The HIV/Aids pandemic continues to wreak havoc, especially in southern Africa. In some countries, 40% of adults are HIV positive. But South Africa has started to distribute anti-Aids drugs to some of the more than five million people with HIV.
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Millions of African children will go hungry at Christmas, as on every other day of the year.
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Faced with all these problems, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to make 2005 "Africa's year", when the west will help the world's poorest continent.






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