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Kevin Sieff

Nairobi, Kenya
Africa Bureau Chief — The Washington Post
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Africa Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. Formerly in Kabul. Ashamed Floridian.

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In a time of ‘Fake News Awards,’ here are 11 imprisoned journalists, detained during one of the most dangerous years for reporters in modern history. 
I think that will be a hard thing to forget in each of the 54 countries Trump insulted. I hope this is a moment for Washington to think more about the importance of the world’s fastest growing continent. That would be a smart move. So far, not looking good.
But even FDR thought engagement with Africa was a good thing. So has pretty much every president since. It’s not just the “shithole” comment that matters. It’s the sense that Africa is a place of no interest to America, full of people who don’t even deserve visas.
Last week’s comments represented something different. It’s not that people here are surprised that a US president would insult their countries. In 1943, FDR became the first president to visit Africa. When he returned, he said, “The natives are five thousand years back of us.”
Expectations were not high here. “Nambia” could be laughed off. Adding Chad to the travel ban for no apparent reason could be dismissed. US diplomats told me they were just happy Africa was off Trump’s radar, that he couldn’t locate their embassies on a map.
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