Friday 15 November 2019

It's unfair to lump in ordinary Africans with their corrupt rulers

Bono has warned that corruption is a bigger scourge than AIDs and malaria in the developing world
Bono has warned that corruption is a bigger scourge than AIDs and malaria in the developing world

JOHN O'Shea writes in support of Bono's contention that corruption is a bigger problem than AIDS, Malaria and TB put together in the developing world (Letters, March 4).

Getting accurate data on corruption is, for obvious reasons, very difficult, but it is an enormous problem.

Mr O'Shea's refusal to talk in specific amounts, dates, times, recipients, western beneficiaries, etc, amounts to a form of implied collective guilt; they're all at it.

Given the Irish people's experience in recent times at the hands of international financial institutions, this is something they might be expected to resent; the whole of the Irish people are paying for the actions of a small number of corrupt, greedy, or incompetent officials in public and private institutions. Ordinary Africans coming to Ireland pay a high price for that kind of blanket stereotyping.

Eoin Dillon

Dublin 8

Irish Independent

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