Young People Lose Out as Summit Nears

Young People Lose Out as Summit Nears

Kenneth Hurwitz June 6, 2011
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A blog highlights the disconnect between rhetoric and reality in Equatorial Guinea as it prepares to host the African Union Summit.

"The African Union will hold its 17th summit this month in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled the country for the past three decades,  has apparently spared no expense in preparing for the festivities, to be held from June 23 to July 1.  “Hundreds of people are working tirelessly to complete the major infrastructures,” according to the government, which is hoping to turn Malabo into “one of the most important locations for tourism and holding of events in Africa.”

The “presidents of the African continent, and other very important guests and visitors from around the world” will no doubt be awed by the “huge complex for the summit, which will have, for example, over 50 independent and exclusive dwellings, which will be occupied by African presidents attending the meeting.”..."

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