posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 09:54 AM
Africa does have a lot of poverty, disease and suffering. The governments there are corrupt and horde the wealth whilst the people starve. The U.N.
could have initiated African aid anytime it wished to, why make an issue now? Kofi Annan is African, he could have made African needs a priority long
before this. Whatís stopped him?
When I was in Johannesburg, I watched the South African Parliament debating on T.V. They got so bogged down in petty issues that nothing could be
resolved about serious issues.
My friend who lives there says that South Africa is a communist state. Whether thatís just a figure of her speech or actual fact Iím unsure. But I
did see terrible poverty, desperation, men standing around on streets aimlessly; the crime rate is very high, AIDS rate is highest in the world.
I do have compassion for the suffering people in Africa, but at some point Africa must become self-supportive by instituting programs to develop their
resources and marketable goods. The U.N. can assist with that, but itís best to empower African people to become independent and not reliant upon
Natural disasters are beyond human control, unless mismanagement of the water, soil or resources is down to human error. Starving people should not
be allowed to die, if that can be helped. But I am still left wondering how much of Africa's misery has come about by the African's own choices and
Johannesburg Summit 2002 Link