On a loosely related note, and something which hopefully brings wry smile despite the implied gravity. This snippet is from an article in this weeks (UK) Economist, about the political tension in Zanzibar.
"Tourist receipts in Zanzibar fell 30% in the first three months of this year. Things have since improved, but America says the threat of an attack [by terrorists] on Zanzibar remains high, pointing out that two al-Qaeda operatives were born there. Zanzibaris, most of whom are moderates, disagree. "Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, " said one. "It doesn't make us more likely to become pop stars."