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[Comment] Offline: Africa—the incarceration of a continent

What is the future for Africa? A bleak case is made powerfully by Tim Marshall in his book Prisoners of Geography (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). His premise is that the land on which we live shapes us all. “The physical realities that underpin national and international politics are too often disregarded”, Marshall writes. Geography explains the why of nations. It is the “decisive factor in the course of human history”. That truth is the reason geography is ignored by those concerned with improving health.