Africa is comprised of 55 separate countries and nine territories, and two de facto states that are basically their own entities with no special rights or recognition
- Between the period of 1881 and 1914, the entire African continent went through the turmoil of invasion, occupation, division, colonization and annexation by European powers. This phase was popularly known as “Scramble of Africa”. Only Ethiopia and Liberia were out of this turmoil.
- The Second Congo War (1998-2006), claimed the second-highest number of casualties (5.4 million lives) since World War II. The conflict involved eight African countries.
- Africa has the world’s longest river, the Nile (4,132 miles). The Nile runs through 11 countries in Africa.
- Africa also has the world’s largest desert, Sahara, which is nearly as big as the USA!