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The Paradox of Starving Children in Africa - Media Propaganda?

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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 04:50 PM
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I have a paradoxical question. If there are so many starving children in Africa, as the Western media likes to portray, then here's what I don't get.

If there are millions, or even thousands, of children and people who look like all bones in Africa, like they show on TV, then it would mean that they literally have nothing to eat right? Well human beings can only survive without food for 3 or 4 weeks right? If so, then how are all these millions of people with nothing to eat surviving to adulthood and reproducing with so many babies, who in turn survive into adulthood and repeat the cycle? If they had nothing to eat, wouldn't they all be gone in a month? How are they producing millions of more starving children with nothing to eat and lasting throughout every generation? Something doesn't seem to add up. Isn't this a contradiction of basic logic?

Interestingly enough, everyone I know who has gone to Africa say it's nothing like the media shows. They saw no starving children, and instead see an advanced industrial society with technology and development everywhere.

If that's so, then is this all a Western media propaganda? If so, what purpose does it serve? And where do they find all those people who look like they are all starving and bones?

Either way, why does the media wish to portray Africa as either a place where everyone is starving, or where savage tribes engage in warfare and cruelty? What's the purpose in that? Why don't they show the normal industrialized parts of Africa? What is their agenda and motive?




posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:04 PM
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Africa is one of the poorest countries on earth. If it was propaganda why would usa be sending them millions in aid?



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:05 PM
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Well, I suppose as many children die off it leaves more food behind for the others who just barely make it.
We all know what causes famine, politicians do.
So why do we kill off "dictators of other countries whose peoples for the major part seem happy and healthy, but we never went after the dictators and or warlords in these countries with suffering and or starving children?
This alone is why I know the UN and NATO are a useless wastes of space.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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Africa is a continent and not a country.
You know we do send BILLIONS to just israel, they are just a country....for now anyway.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:10 PM
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I can't answer those questions except not all Africans are starving.

Media propaganda of starvation in Africa amounts to one of the biggest cons in modern history by charity organisations where less than .10c reaches any one given African child if at all.

May I also add, of the African kids "dying of starvation", how many were quite reasonably healthy before they received multiple experimental vaccines under the disguise of these charity organisations? How many are dying of disease caused by outside foreign intrusion?

More Africans die through brutal dictatorships than anything else.

Yes kids are dying of starvation in Africa.......

yet many billions of dollars has been pumped in to Africa over the years to feed all of Africa 100 times over yet no charity organisation will account for all the donations given by us.





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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:14 PM
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Yes, everyone you know that has been to Africa, just went to the popular tourist attractions, which is no way to learn a country (or a continent). Once you go away from the popular tourist areas, and not that far either, you will see more hunger and desperation than you can imagine. Guess you haven't heard that in some parts of Africa, a persons life is worth less than the cellphone he carries? Unless you know the desperation of those people, it just wouldn't make any sense.

Ask those people that you know that have been to Africa, to name exactly where they went to, and you will see it was all the great tourist areas, where people are oblivious to what happens outside their happy little paradises. Better yet, ask an organization like "Doctors without Borders" what it really is like outside the tourist attractions, and you might get a shock.
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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:27 PM
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first it was starving kids in china, now its africa, tomorrow it'll be america



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:28 PM
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Why don't they just build farms in Africa and plant crops, like the rest of the world does? Food comes from nature. You don't always have to pay for it.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:29 PM
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Well, to add to your confusion, I have to wonder this: How is it that tribes survived for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years just fine and yet so many of them need all kinds of aid now?



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:39 PM
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reply to post by WWu777
 


To answer both of you, gardens get trampled by men with guns in a world where guns are outlawed and only carried by the outlaws.
The tax you pay to the local warlord makes it not worth planting any garden worth mention.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:41 PM
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The endless stream of starving Africans comes down to one thing. The land did not fail the people the people failed the land.



It really is that simple they can not even get it together enough to feed themselves. We could give enough food to feed everyone and they would still starve to death.




If you could not feed yourself and did not have shelter would you keep having child after child? Would you bath and do your dishes in the same water you go to the bathroom? Instead of pulling themselves together and figuring out a way to better themselves they prefer to beg generation after generation.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:45 PM
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Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
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Well, to add to your confusion, I have to wonder this: How is it that tribes survived for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years just fine and yet so many of them need all kinds of aid now?


Western colonialism. Borders were redrawn by foreigners and the geography was split for industrial segregation. When colonialism came to an end (mostly), it left Africa in a state of war and poverty. Former communities became enemies due to the new allegiances to various European invaders and land that used to be viable for self-sustainability became stripped and transformed into something unusable.

Many nation states were destroyed in this process and Africa has yet to heal.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:51 PM
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Originally posted by WWu777
Why don't they just build farms in Africa and plant crops, like the rest of the world does? Food comes from nature. You don't always have to pay for it.


thats what Chinese and Indian companies are doing in Africa.


Indian farming companies have bought hundreds of thousands of hectares in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal and Mozambique, where they are growing rice, sugar cane, maize and lentils for their own domestic market back in India.

www.telegraph.co.uk...

Neo colonialism, it's all the rage.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:53 PM
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Originally posted by ZeroUnlmtd
first it was starving kids in china, now its africa, tomorrow it'll be america


And you think this is funny ? Creep'in a bit.

OP

What purpose do you think it would serve ? Charity is a huge business. All profit . No overhead. Just call yourself some Christian outreach organisation get a loan to advertise and cha ching ! You're on a beach in the Bahamma's earning 20%.
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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 05:56 PM
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Africa is the worlds 2nd largest continent. Most of the children you see that are starving are in what is called the Sub-Saharan part of Africa. Though of course not all.

Africa has been dealing with many issues which has pretty much kept them "down" so to speak.

Droughts, wars, conflicts, of course poverty for the people and on the other spectrum floods which have damaged the land.

Here is a decent article. www.helium.com...


governments have taken control of agriculture and they either do not have the knowledge of they allow greed to take hold and they actually create policies that harm African farmers. They have, in some cases, raised tariffs, created trade barriers, reduced the yield of the land and all of these factors have negatively impacted the ability of African farmers to feed the citizens. Trade within Africa does not occur in many cases even when a famine could easily be solved by merely shipping food within Africa. When foreign governments or the United Nations and other relief organizations attempt to ship humanitarian aid to Africa, often that aid is either taken by rogue governments or it is misused or resold by the government which then keeps the profit.


Google can be your friend.

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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:02 PM
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me and my grandma were literally talking about this today...

my solution was that they needed to be educated, that they don't need to sit in the same spot and keep starving, they can get up and move to a new area. they need to organize themselves, some people need to be the shelter people, some need to be the planters and get the food prepared, then they move to a new area and get started or prepare to move on until they can find something suitable.

but theres prevention of them doing this...also Ethiopia just displaced it's villagers to make space for Saudi businessmen to grow crops, and export them back to Ehtiopians...it's sick..



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:05 PM
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Originally posted by ZeroUnlmtd
first it was starving kids in china, now its africa, tomorrow it'll be america


Today it is America.........where have you been?
Regards, Iwinder



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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You do know Africa is a continent not a country right? Its huge. It varies a lot in climate, fertility of the land and in the stability of regime from country to country.

Some are worse off than others.

The vast majority of the problems in the bad places stem from warfare, kleptocracy, tribalism and instability due to unresolved cold war conflicts and ethnic strife. You get famine when you add all that to places where its hard to scratch a living even under ideal conditions.

Theres no conspiracy and the people dying aren't fake.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Originally posted by Iwinder

Originally posted by ZeroUnlmtd
first it was starving kids in china, now its africa, tomorrow it'll be america


Today it is America.........where have you been?
Regards, Iwinder


eating a big dinner in south carolina, we stay with some grub down here



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:14 PM
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Enjoy your grub and I mean no dis-respect but You should check out Detroit some time if your in the mood to see it.
Quite amazing and yes I live very close to there and have done the death drives.

Regards, Iwinder



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