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Maafa is a Kiswahili for term meaning "Great Disaster. It has come to be associated with the era of the European and Arab slave trade. The resulting effect on African people: over 100 million people lost their lives and their descendants have been systematically and continuously assaulted through institutionalized anti-Africanism.

Ubuntu is the opposite of Maafa and was the dominant paradigm in Africa leading up to it.
Examples of the Maafa include Jim Crow segregation, lynching, apartheid, colonialism, neo-colonialism, lynching, forced sterilizations, slavery, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Stockholm syndrome.
by mhotep March 08, 2014
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