Is Africa the poorest continent on earth? The answer is NO. Africa is not the poorest continent on earth. In fact, Asia is far poorer than Africa. The Indian subcontinent alone contains nearly 50 percent of the total population of poor people in the world today. Africa and the rest of Asia contain about 40 percent of the world's poor population. Latin America and the rest of the world contain the remaining 10 percent. So as you can see, Africa contains just about 20% of the world's poor population. Asia contains at least 60-65% of the world's poor population. It depends on how you view poverty. If you are judging continents based on the number of advanced countries, then you may put Asia ahead of Africa because of countries like Japan and China. However, if you are judging continents based on
The more we fight and kill ourselves, the more profit (money) they make so even as we work very hard to achieve peace and understanding, there are many up there in the top working extremely hard to make sure there are wars and even more wars so they can profit from the deaths of untold number of people. This is the situation in Africa today and that is why every now and then you hear conflicts, political violence and rumors of war all across the continent.
Let me begin with a clear example to explain what I am trying to say. Many of you have heard about Darfur and the deaths of untold number of people (some say about 500,000 although the true figure is far bigger than that). However, not so many people know the Sudan conflict
The World Bank and the IMF (the International Monetary Fund) were set up during the end of the Second World War to rebuild the economies of Europe. However, in order for the world bank and the IMF to implement their policies, they (the world bank and the IMF) began offering loans to poor countries but only if the poor countries privatized their economies and allowed western corporations free access to their raw materials and markets. That was a poverty trap and many poor countries realized it when it was too late. We were already in chains.
That was the beginning of much of the problems we face today in Africa. Now we are in a vicious cycle of poverty and there seems to be no way out.
When it comes to the case of Africa, only few people care and only few countries outside the continent remember Africa. Cubans are always among the very few people who care and Cuba is always among the very few countries who step in to help Africa. Cuba has been Africa's friend in need for a very long time. Even during Africa's struggle for independence, Cuba was there to help. It is another great time of need and Cuba is already in Africa to help.
The Ebola virus disease is spreading like wild fire across West Africa. Thousands of people have lost their lives and thousands more are waiting on fate. Western countries including the United States of America are tightening their borders so as to prevent Ebola patients from entering their countries.
No I am not calling for jungle justice and I am not calling for war. I am just calling for answers. Nobody deserves to die in extreme poverty and hunger. The world we live in today is not that poor as the media portray it to be. Without greed and pure wickedness, there would be enough food for every living soul. Without greed and wickedness, every child would be in school and every child would be a happy child. Without greed and pure wickedness, no Grandma would see her beloved grandchildren die in pain and in sorrow for no fault of theirs. Yes life is beautiful but don't forget we live in a very wicked world. The heart of man is desperately wicked and that is why we continue to suffer in the world today. There cannot be peace in a land where the wicked is king and there cannot be understanding in a land where the selfish reigns supreme.
Not long ago, some of us Africans back home only saw Chinese people in their very famous "Kung fu" martial arts movies but it may surprise you to know that over a million Chinese investors have permanently settled in Africa today with their families. They've bought lands, houses, established businesses, etc. and have no plans of ever moving back to their country. Most Chinese people are even bold enough to refer to Africa as the "China's Second Continent" why because they have come to lay generational "seeds" on the continent and have no intentions of ever going back even for generations to come.
We often look at the Africa-China relationship from just one economic point of view which is not often very helpful.