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The poverty of African states has been exacerbated by the unequal structures through which they find themselves linked to the world economy. As patronizing as it was, in the colonial system the metropole exercised some maternal role over the colonies. While the mission of the metropole was the exploitation of the colonized, nevertheless, it sometimes felt a sense of responsibility toward the colonies. In the postcolonial world-order, a sham system emerged that is a no holds barred capitalism that lacks both a soul and any sense of moral justice. This system has ensured that corrupt African governments are submerged in debt that they cannot repay; debts in which the interest payments have far outweighed the principal.