The wandering eyes of the great owl have ceased to wander and the croaking voices of the croaker frogs have refused to croak. The mighty wings of the great vulture continue to swing to and fro across the skies while the tiny little springbok continues to run for cover. Nelson Mandela the father of the fatherless is gone. Madiba the friend of the poor and the needy has crossed the river.
The great Iroko tree has fallen and the sunbird is quiet. The trees are silent and silent are the birds who nest on the branches of trees. The sun has refused to shine while the faceless moon continues to shed tears upon tears. Yes a great Iroko tree has fallen and mother earth is not happy. The great Madiba has gone to sleep. The great Madiba has joined his ancestors.
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 was somehow "a proxy war". Some major countries and corporations outside Africa were making big money in Sudan while innocent people including tiny little babies were being butchered
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. The western corporations flourish while the poor continue to die in poverty. In other words, the poor in Africa continue to feed the greedy rich corporations in the western world.
Some westerners are often surprised when they visit Africa for the first time and see happy faces all around them. They are often surprised why because the Africa they see online is quite different from the Africa they see when they come to visit the continent. Some expect nothing but pain and misery in Africa just like CNN, BBC and the rest often paint Africa to be. Some expect nothing but poor starving children lying on the streets half-dead. Some westerners expect nothing but teary faces of poor grandparents praying to death to come take them. Some westerners expect nothing but the worst among the worst in Africa why because the western media where they learn from, always paint Africa a "death hole" full of nothing but poverty, hunger, and deaths which is not true at all.
Is there poverty in Africa? The answer is yes there is poverty in Africa. However, not everybody in Africa is poor.
The world today is full of criminals and the western world is no exception. Almost all western politicians and leaders today are criminals (most of them war criminals). At least 95% of all American leaders including presidents, vice presidents, and other statesmen (including those in history) were/are criminals with most of them being war criminals. The sad truth however is that, most of these criminals walked and some continue to walk freely today. Some even have won several Nobel peace prizes and other prestigious awards despite their evil deeds. If so, then why is it that only African leaders are tried at the Hague or forced out of office (sometimes with bullets in their heads) and their bodies dragged through the streets?
Yes Western Leaders are criminals and they go scot-free with several medals in their honor. Take America for example.