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‘The War for Africa: Conflict, Crime, Corruption and Foreign Interests’ is a hard-hitting account of the undeclared and invisible conflicts and wars that go almost unnoticed in the daily mainstream media. The impact of these economic, military, and political conflicts on the continent and its people is devastating.

This book offers a personal, yet disturbing and behind-the-scenes glimpse of much of what has gone wrong, and of what is happening across the continent. It covers the personal experiences of the author over two decades, firstly as an individual, and later as the chairman of STTEP International Ltd.

The author gives his personal views of the impact of fragile politics and policies, conflict, criminality, deceit, and lies that have, and still are, contributing to the on-going conflict the continent is waging against itself. Invariably, these problems are incentivised and motivated by nefarious foreign interests ― especially in resource-rich countries.

Having proven that Africans of all colours and creeds can indeed solve Africa’s problems, his concern that it has become another soundbyte in political double-speak is apparent. His fears at the direction the continent has taken are evident in this book, as well as in his other published books and academic papers.

The background to the political and military conflicts the author was engaged in are discussed, and how poor and misleading advice often triumphs over verified intelligence. It is a story of deception and frustration, ignored advice, faulty projections, false accusations, and the erosion of a continent.

This is the story of a continent at war with itself.



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Frans Van Niekerk
The war for Africa”

Eeben Barlow’s book “The war for Africa” is a very insightful book. Not only does it lift the veil of the so called “mercenaries” active in Africa, but it discusses what is really happening. It lays bare the truth of operations and involvement of these men in their campaigns to stop evil. One cannot other than respect these people and their brave actions.
I admired their adaptability to function everywhere, from the jungles in Uganda, the bush of Garamba National park, the desert edges in South Sudan and Nigeria, and the urban environments of Madagascar.
It is not a book about how great Eeben Barlow and fellow comrades were (although they were), but rather the struggle by Africans, in Africa for Africa to change the outcomes of the conflicts on the continent. It provides a good understanding to the mountains of problems experienced by them before the operations, and then the sudden attack from the external forces and the media once there is success.
The book is an easy read, yet there is insight into strategies used, methodology developed, and the different leadership roles individuals played. It is in my opinion about real men taking up the challenges— that others failed dismally in addressing—and under extreme pressure led their people to victory. The question posed is: “Is this not what all good human beings should aspire to?” and the answer is a definitive yes.
I could feel the desperation and helplessness experienced by Eeben and his team, especially during the Chibok girls’ chapter where it took so long to get the opportunity to solve the problem. But alas, despite the short time to make an impact, the success was short lived…
The book indicates how friendships and comradery existed between the men of STTEP and their clients. Again, the undertones of people with veiled motives are constant and that is indeed incredibly sad.
I would recommend that young people read this book to understand leadership, the role of strategic thinking and how to solve problems that look and seem to be insurmountable. For the older generation, you get to enjoy reflections of your own history and an insight into the truth that is so very scarce nowadays. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and once I started reading, it was difficult to put it down.



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