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David Axe in the Horn of Africa

David Axe is freelance war correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan,Lebanon, East Timor and Somalia. His books include War Fix and Army 101. His personal blog is called War is Boring. He can be reached at david_axe@hotmail.com.

Africa is big, beautiful and diverse. Africa teems with commercial, artistic and - to the West - strategic potential. But Africa is troubled by war, hunger, bad politics and foreign meddling. Africa's story is exciting, but writing that story mostly involves long, hot days; endless, potholed roads across interminable landscape; and hour after hour sitting, waiting and watching Africa seethe all around you. In short, Africa is Boring.