A pitiless look at Africa, suggesting that pity has hurt more than helped the continent. This one is tough to read, but the article asks questions that need to be asked and confronts muddled thinking that needs to be confronted. From Kevin Myers at africaunauthorized.com, via theburningplatform.com:
Somalia is not a humanitarian disaster; it is an evolutionary disaster. The current drought is not the worst in 50 years, as the BBC and all the aid organisations claim. It is nothing compared to the droughts in 1960/61 or 73/74. And there are continuing droughts every 5 years or so. It’s just that there are now four times the population; having been kept alive by famine relief, supplied by aid organisations, over the past 50 years. So, of course, the effects of any drought now, is a famine. They cannot even feed themselves in a normal rainfall year.
Worst yet, the effects…
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