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Author Jones, Elizabeth C.

Title Africa : living with corruption / directed by Elizabeth Jones
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (49 min.)
Summary In this eye-opening film, the award-winning African journalist Sorious Samura reveals how corruption has become normal and accepted in Africa -- it is one of the root causes of Africa's many problems. Sadly, most aid money given by the West never reaches those it is meant to help; it gets siphoned off by corrupt governments. This film provides a sober portrait of how modern Africa really works. Samura moves into one of the largest slums in Africa, Kibera in Kenya, to reveal the relentlessness of everyday corruption, where the poor have to bribe just to survive. Bribery is the modus operandi for obtaining basics such as hospital appointments, building their shacks, getting work and staying out of jail. Samura returns home to Sierra Leone to live with a friend and her 10 children. Here widespread corruption led to a brutal and bloody civil war that ended in 2002. The country had the chance to start again but Samura describes how a seven-year aid project, led by the British, has failed because of corruption and a lack of understanding from Western donors. In the slums there is no water or electricity and Sierra Leoneans still have the worst life expectancy on the planet. Even a 9-year old must bribe his teachers just to be taught. Samura claims that, in many parts of Africa, school is a place where children learn how to bribe and to use power and status to get what they want
Notes Originally released as DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For College; Adult audiences
Notes This edition in English
African Studies Association, 2009
Subject Corruption -- Africa.
Africa -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video