C.W. Gusewelle

July 6, 2013 6:17 PM

A land of promise succumbs to Africa’s sad pattern

The east African nation of Tanzania, when I visited there during a long reporting trip in 1964, was not only one of the most beautiful of the continent’s newly independent republics but also, arguably, the most decently and honorably ruled. Optimism burned hotly. There was the sense that a bright future was there to be grasped. Then painful reality set in.

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