Future for Africa looks very bleak indeed
Published 26/07/2011 | 05:00
Once again the world is presented with a humanitarian catastrophe on a truly epic scale. So many enormous problems beset the continent of Africa from corrupt despotic regimes, tribalism, AIDS, declining GDP, endless civil wars etc, and all this in a continent that is rich in natural resources and potentially capable of feeding itself and the rest of the world many times over.
Of course, the relentless wars and civil conflicts would be unsustainable if it were not for a seemingly endless supply of arms and munitions -- all manufactured by first world states.
With the African authorities unwilling or unable to do anything meaningful to address the fundamental problems that fuel their continent's inexorable demise, we're left with the wholly inadequate, but well-intentioned, response of aid agencies.