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Unfortunately, mass killings in Africa continue.Yet, paradoxically, even as such episodes continue to occur in Africa, perhaps on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world, the continent has also become a beacon of hope. Since the 17th century, Africa has been mainly an object of history.Today, by contrast, Africa is in the process of returning as a subject of history. With more than 1 billion inhabitants, representing 18 percent of the world's population, Africa is regaining the place it occupied in the 16th century. Then, with 100 million people, it represented 20 percent of the world' population. After more than 200 years of colonialism and slavery, Africa's population had fallen to 95 million – just 9 percent of the world total – whereas other continents had experienced a large population increase.As Africa returns as a subject, rather than an object, of world history, it appears to embody all the fears and hopes of humanity.
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