30 million square kilometres
1.1 billion people
Fun facts: It is the hottest continent on earth with the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States. It is home to the largest land animal (African elephant), tallest animal (Giraffe), fastest land animal (Cheetah), largest reptile (Nile crocodile) and largest primate (Gorilla). There are fewer people with internet connections in Africa than there are in just New York City, The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia, at approximately 200,000 years old.
Harsh realities: Unemployment, Poverty, Poor education system, Healthcare: Treatment for HIV, Diseases, Crime, Identity Crisis
For a local’s perspective on one of the social issues plaguing Africa, read “The Secret Behind Faith and Hope” by Debra Ayis.