I read the news from Africa and despair. Beyond the droughts, famine, and genocide there exists a low level persistent disease - religion. Be it forced Muslim conversion, Christian evangelical proselytizing, or indigenous pagan rituals, religion permeates the continent. Most of the news I read is troubling. On occasion, I read of some atrocity which stands apart from the rest. Like severing a child's head for the equivalent of a $1.60 to service the needs of a Yaro spiritualist who needed it for a ritual.
Africa is the place were we export our worst behaviors, superstitions, and institutions. I want to be optimistic about its future, but it is hard.