People in the West are sometimes showed disturbing images of children starving to death, with these images we are sometimes told the life story of the child that we are watching starve, if these videos do not disturb and upset you, you are probably not human or you don’t have a soul or something. After we watch these videos we are given a quick and easy way to quickly donate to help prevent any more children from going through this kind of suffering. Some people happily donate to these charities, as did I but when you look at the big picture these charities are not working and charity is patronizing to the African people. The people of Africa can look after themselves and cringe worthy charity songs like Band Aid 30 is embarrassing, patronizing and ridiculous. They have people that have hundreds of millions in their bank accounts sing “feed the world” to us?

If the West really wanted to help Africa we could maybe stop stealing their valuable natural resources, not that not stealing from somebody is actually helping them. If we see an old woman crossing the road and we do not grab her handbag and run, did we help them? How do the West exploit Africa?

Africa has a large quantity of natural resources including oil, diamonds, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum and cocoa beans, it also has woods and tropical fruits. Much of its natural resources are undiscovered or barely harnessed. If Africa have all these natural resources then why are the African people living in poverty? EXPLOITATION.

Nigeria is the continent’s biggest oil producer, at least $400bn (£250bn) of oil revenue has been stolen or misspent since independence in 1960, according to estimates by former World Bank vice-president for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili. That is 12 times the country’s national budget for 2011. Meanwhile, 90% of people in Nigeria live on less than $2 per day.

Corrupt African governments are not the only exploiter of African people, Britain, USA and some of Europe’s economies and wealth are built on the exploitation of Africa!

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, written a 120-page Africa Progress Report, which he claims shows how the economic benefits of extracting natural resources such as oil and iron often fail to flow through to the local population. In the report he writes”Africa loses twice as much in illicit financial outflows as it receives in international aid,” he goes on to write “It is unconscionable that some companies, often supported by dishonest officials, are using unethical tax avoidance, transfer pricing and anonymous company ownership to maximize their profits, while millions of Africans go without adequate nutrition, health and education.”

Britain’s debt is Africa is HUGE, we owe Africa they do not owe us, the Slave Trade, cotton, sugar, tobacco, diamonds, gold, coal, oil the list is massive, we misguided Britain’s are told that Africa would not survive without our charity, this is not true, it is actually the other way round! People in Britain do not depend on Africa to live, we however depend on Africa to live the lifestyles we live. Britain’s debt to Africa is Trillions of pounds in money but it is also worse than that.

 

Africa’s Growing Strategic Relevance

 

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