Africa not happy with the “crumbs hand out” from G8?
“Twenty years ago, Mr. Geldof organized the similar Live Aid concerts and reportedly raised $2 billion for African famine relief. Missing from this charity, however, is a clear understanding of the problem’s causes. Simply throwing more money at Africa — particularly at the government level — never solved anything. What happened to the $2 billion from the Live Aid concerts? What happened to the other $25 billion given by other private and public donors over the last decade? Why did African economic output drop 35 percent since the Live Aid concert?”
“Of 54 African countries, less than 15 are democratic. Africa represents 70 percent of world AIDS cases, and more than 12 million people have already died from it. In countries with tremendous wealth in mineral resources, including gold, diamonds and precious metals, corrupt African political leaders have garnered it for themselves and their supporters, and consigned ordinary Africans to poverty, misery, even starvation by sloganeering, brutal repression and arrant plunder”
It ended the commentaries with this:-
Afterward, the rich rock stars can shrug their shoulders, walk away, and say, “We’ve done what we could, but it didn’t work”
How true. This what I think Africans can do to pull themselves up:-
1. Stop blaming others
2. Work the ground
3. Improve on education
4. Think global
5. Create haven for investment
Start doing that and perhaps one day; Africa can do it’s own “Live 8” for other poor countries in the world (Picture source: www.oppression.org)
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