The Social Movements And Protests Of Africa

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The period preceding independence saw a lot democratic movements in many regions of Africa. The struggles never ended, even after independence. Many African people have to still battle leadership and other issues that were seen as threat to the peace of their countries. Most African people look very anxiously for change as they are very much discontented with their leaders. This could partly be related to the fact that gaining independence has brought almost no developmental changes to improve people lives, old structures left behind by colonial rulers were still the ones in use with no maintenance years after independence. These social movements came to being as a result of failure of social and economic promises made by the successors of the colonial governments. My main focus in this paper is to highlight on the recent social movements and protests in Africa since the 1980s that saw the falling down of both military and single-party state as well as civil wars prevailing in most countries in Africa. Women movements are very keen during this era of which the “Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace” movement is an example. The effort of women in Liberia was seen in their struggle with two different radicals’ bodies which involved the President Taylor and the Rebels in trying to end the decades of civil war in the country. The series of wars in the Liberian history resulted in thousands of deaths, disabled, broken homes causing millions to flee and become refugees into the
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