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Kevin Myers was so right about Africa

KEVIN Myers has a point when he writes about the growing population in the Horn of Africa.

According to both the 2005-2010 list by the United Nations and the 2009 list in the CIA World Factbook, Somalia has the 16th-fastest-growing population in the world.

In fact, the world's hungriest populations are also among the world's fastest-growing.

This is obviously unsustainable.

That is not to say that the people of these countries should not be helped, but they need to be helped in a different way and they must begin by helping themselves if they are to escape the cycle of famine and disaster.

JOHN STAFFORD
Dargle Wood, Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Irish Independent