24 August 2007

the dark continent

An article in The Economist shined a light on just how dark Africa really is.

Africa is home to 1/6 of the world's population and uses only 4% of it's electricity. Power outages are frequent all over Africa, if electrical power is available at all. The World Bank reports that 500 MILLION sub-Saharan Africans are without what it calls "modern power."

I could stare at the picture below for hours...it is an image from space of the world at night. As you can see, the US and Europe are well-lit, while almost all of Africa dwells in darkness. As for Stef and me, we live in the really bright spot on the bottom right of the continent.

Click on the picture...it's huge and is worth seeing in all it's glory.

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