Sam Akaki says appalling increases in famine and deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean demonstrate the failure of self-governance in Africa; Mike Noyes says the lack of awareness of the current famine in east Africa is widespread

It does not matter to a starving African child, or an expectant mother likely to die at childbirth, whether their only relief is coming dressed as British aid or colonialism (Zoe Williams, Opinion, 24 July).  

Criticisms should be directed at African leaders who have proved unable to maintain peace and stability, and to provide their people with basic services, thus necessitating continued British aid almost 60 years since the end of colonial rule.

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