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Kathryn and Sarah


By exploring this topic of political dictatorships in a greater depth, we hoped to both better understand the corruption behind such regimes and to allow others to also realize the dire state of so many countries in Africa. We have intended to not just present simple statistics – number of deaths, crimes, dollars – but to portray as a whole the devastating  losses that can be attributed to the corrupt dictators of such countries. By focusing on the life of Charles Taylor and understanding his current situation, as well as delving deeper into the lives of Mengistu Haile Mariam and Jean-Bedel Bokassa, we have tried to understand the motivation and development behind the regimes, and the desperate need for omnipotent power displayed by each leader.