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the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the

the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the continent's corrupt leaders, warlords, "tribal" conflicts, child laborers, and women disfigured by abuse and genital mutilation

Columbia's Uzondinma Iweala -- author of Beast of No Nation on child soldiers -- argues in the Washington Post today that the West needs to move past seeing itself as the savior of a dark and despondent African, stop trying to cleanse its soul of its misdeeds by redeeming what it sees as a poor and struggling continent. Among the more misguided attempts of the western world to identify with and thus rescue Africa, writes Iweala, is a campaign that you might have seen in magazines and on bus stop shelters -- Keep a Child Alive's "I am African" campaign that featured the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Elijah "Frodo" Wood marked up to look like some technicolor cartoon version of "African." Says Iweala:

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