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  • 12 Feb 2008

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been afflicted by internal strife for the last ten years. This has led to the displacement of 4.3 million people and the fact that around 8 million children do not go to school. Extreme poverty and severe violence have led to the deaths of millions of people, and ensured that whilst the DRC has some of the biggest mineral, timber and agricultural reserves, it is one of the poorest countries in the world. Sponsor a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) here

  • 12 Feb 2008

    The Gambia is a very narrow, very densely populated strip of land almost totally surrounded by Senegal. Aside from a flaring of tensions with neighbouring Senegal over a military coup that overthrew the president in 1994, it is fortunate to have experienced long periods of peace. Sponsor a child in the Gambia here

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Somaliland is an autonomous area of Somalia, in the Horn of Africa, which considers itself the natural successor state of the former British Somaliland protectorate. The war for independence from Somalia, which ended in 1993, claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. Whilst it now experiences relative peace, poverty, unemployment and disease are widespread problems. Sponsor a child in Somaliland here

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Rwanda's darkest days are hopefully behind it, but many deeply challenging months and years remain. Since the genocide of 1994, when a million people died and over two million fled to neighbouring countries, Rwandans have been slowly returning home. Sponsor a child in Rwanda here.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Nigeria, one of Africa's most populous nations, has suffered for many years from government corruption, which has compromised measures taken to eradicate poverty. The recently elected democratic government has failed to capitalise responsibly on Nigeria's significant oil revenues. Sponsor a child in Nigeria here

  • 10 Feb 2008

    In Ethiopia, one of Africa's poorest countries, nearly 85% of people are dependent on subsistence farming. During recent years of civil strife, investment in agriculture and industry has been minimal. An oppressive state was toppled in 1991 and recent years have seen the establishment of multiparty democratic elections and the adoption of a constitution. Sponsor a child in Ethiopia

  • 10 Feb 2008

    While Kenya is in some ways one of Africa's success stories, its economy has been struggling for some years now, and poverty is a growing problem. Kenya relies on the export of primary goods, the value of which has fallen even lower in the past year. The knock-on effects of the economic problems are that the average life expectancy is only 45 years, 1 in 9 children will die before their fifth birthday, and 43% of people do not have access to clean water. Sponsor a child in Kenya here

  • 10 Feb 2008

    Liberia is a country in recovery. Civil war and failed government have ravaged its people and economy for over two decades. Over 200,000 people died in the conflict, and many, especially the educated, wealthy elite, fled the country. Some have returned since 2006, when the democratically elected government was sworn in. Sponsor a child in Liberia here

  • 10 Feb 2008

    Malawi is one of Africa's poorest countries. It suffers from inadequate education, health and farming infrastructure. 84,000 people die of AIDS each year, and the life expectancy is very low indeed. Almost 40% of Malawi's population is illiterate, and the school drop-out rate is high. It is a country largely made up of farmers, and yet many people cannot get access to sufficient land. Farming is also hampered by both persistent droughts and flooding. Sponsor a child in Malawi

  • 10 Feb 2008

    After Mozambique's war of independence with Portugal, it entered a gruelling twenty-year period of civil war. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party officially laid aside its Marxist ideology in 1989, and multi-party elections were held the following year. Support the vital work of ActionAid today, and sponsor a child in Mozambique here