I don't know a great deal of african history, but my understanding is that most of the conflicts like in the congo are the after shocks of colonization/decolonization.
The african people of countries like the congo fought colonization, then when they achieved independence were not able to form a stable government, leaving a vaccum of government in which a despot can step into control by killing (literally) off decent. A despot eventually gains control, but the memory of those killed inspires rebels who want justice and the whole cycle is repeated, miring the countries in grinding poverty and short life spans.
I like to poke fun at the government as much as the next guy, but when you look at the hell some of these countries are in; it makes me thankful that we have a stable government which the people by and large support and are willing to defend.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...