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Address at the 2008 Global Peace Leadership Summit at UCLA

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"Africa is not a country. It is a continent of more than 50 independent states. It is a continent of diversity - multiracial, multiethnic, multicolor, multi religious and multicultural. Yes, we have our share of problems including conflicts wars, poverty, natural and man made disasters as well as pandemics such as HIV/AIDS. We have our Darfur and Somalia. But Africa is not all about conflicts, corruption and pandemics. Indeed the vast majority of African countries are peaceful and stable and many of which are undergoing significant political, economic and social transformation." - Dr. Salim, September 26, 2008