Many countries in Africa have enough mineral wealth to have been among the richest in the world, but past history and current social fragmentation has prevented development.
Sudan is slowly modernising but Darfur is a region that remains in a state of humanitarian emergency.
Why would Australia send its military hardware, personnel and equipment to get involved in a war 7000 miles away?
Stifling of media freedoms and the large scale imprisonment and torture of its political opponents, has meant that Eritrea is one of the least free countries in the world.
EGYPT’S proximity to Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia, both geographically and culturally, results in a large number of people seeking refuge in that country. It is home to over 260,000 refugees and asylum seekers, over half of whom are from Syria.