Africa as a continent went through the process of colonial resistance and decolonization during the mid-twentieth century, but the different countries within the continent had unique experiences and conflicts during their process of liberation. Decolonization in Africa took place for many reasons. World War II, a longing for independence, and anti-colonialism in other countries are just a few of the reasons for decolonization. Many of the conflicts of liberation involved violence, of course, but the group of people fighting the colonizers varied, as well as their specific motives for violence. For example, the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale used a strategy of planned violence to incite malicious responses from their French colonizers, lighting and building a flame of hatred for the French within the Algerian citizens, to strike up a total revolution against their colonizers. Others, such as the Mau Mau, however, used guerrilla warfare to take out British troops and use their knowledge of the land to their advantage (Sabar-Friedman). The process of liberation was long, violent, but ultimately the countries got their end goal of independence.
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