I'm watching a story on 20/20 about the killing and maiming of albinos in Tanzania. They do it because they think their body parts and hair have magical properties, that the medicine men can use to make potions and such. (Or that's just their excuse, and they want to butcher people who are different in some way.)
We've all also heard the stories of genital mutilation, the evils of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the pirates in Somalia, starvation in Ethiopia. It seems like the entire continent is stuck in a part of history that the rest of the world left behind ages ago.
I know that this isn't the kind of thread that most of you would expect from me, and I expect the obligatory jokes. But in all seriousness, what can be done? How much give-a-damn, and how much money would be required to bring Africa into something resembling the 21st century? These are human beings, living under the worst conditions imaginable in a lot of cases. Why does the world's give a **** seem so completely broken? What would it take to change that?