Opinion

As the virus spreads, we Africans have to trust governments that have failed us so often before

08 March 2020 - 00:01

In November 2002, just over a year after the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, an all-terrain vehicle crashed through a barrier outside a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and blew up, killing 13 people and injuring 80 others. Then attackers fired surface-to-air missiles at a Tel Aviv-bound charter plane taking off from a nearby airport. Both the hotel and the plane were Israeli-owned.

The incidents dealt a devastating blow to the tourism industry in Kenya, the mainstay of the country's economy. A safe and peaceful destination suddenly found itself shunned, just what the terrorists had intended...

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