Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Zimbabwe’s Trauma

Celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe, after the resignation of Robert Mugabe on November 21 (The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Robert Mugabe was a symptom

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December 18, 2017, issue of National Review. We are republishing it on the occasion of Robert Mugabe’s death.

One of the more poignant moments in the story of African decolonization was the small riot staged in Havana by a group of Congolese teenagers who had been sent to Cuba to study medicine at the Castro government’s expense. They had been selected by the authorities in Brazzaville more for their political connections than their academic records, with the result that very few among the hundreds of prospective doctors and nurses who landed in Cuba

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