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Who Is To Blame For Chronic Starvation In Africa?

I was recently reading some articles on BBC. com about Africa, once again, starving to death. At the moment, almost half of the countries on the continent have a sizeable segment of their population on the brink of starvation because of a very poor harvest and extensive drought in some regions.

It seems as if year after year we see images of Africans thin as a broomstick with veins popping out of their skin starving to death. By the time the rest of the world realizes how bad the famine/drought is, hundreds of thousands sometimes millions are already dead. The world then responds with food aid and other charitable donations to help stabilize things for a few months (whether the aid actually gets to the people who need it is another story). Each year Africa receives food aid and each year there is a serious hunger problem on the continent. How do we break out of this cycle? Whose fault is it that every year the world is reminded just how desperately poor we are in Africa and how much we cannot take care of ourselves? Why for God's sake can we not feed ourselves? What are we doing when our children are dying for lack of ordinary food- we are not even talking about good food - just basic food to hold the stomach?

If you ask me, Africa's serious poverty issue is largely the result of selfish corrupt leaders who think of nobody but themselves, who never tire to fuel ethnic sentiments and incite people to pick up arms and kill each other while the rest of the world looks at us and shakes their heads. Rather than plan and strategize on how to effect sustainable agriculture so that we can at least feed our people, they steal and plunder the wealth of their various countries and amass houses and cars. All our corrupt leaders who have turned us into a continent of beggars should be lined up and shot one by one for each african child that has died from starvation or war.

It is frustrating that a conitinent so rich in resources is continually the pity of the world - We remain the only continent that has regressed not progressed in the past 20 years. I am not saying that every country in the continent is in shambles. There are stories of hope here and there (e.g Ghana). And of course not all of the continent is starving - I know Nigeria and several other countries was not identified as having a hunger or starvation problem.

But even those countries not starving still have serious poverty issues - Nigeria is identified as one of the lowest income countries in the world. It is a shame - a country rich in human and natural resources like Nigeria has no place amongst the world's poorest. I hope us Africans will get angry enough one day and oust our good for nothing leaders who have so woefully dissappointed and stolen from us and stifled the dreams of the African youth.

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Last month, a world-wide survey was conducted by the UN.

The only question asked was:

"Would you please give your honest opinion

about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

The survey was a huge failure because, :

In Africa they didn't know what " food " means.

In Eastern Europe they didn't know what " honest " means.

In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage " means.

In China they didn't know What " opinion " means.

In the Middle East they didn't know what " solution" means.

In South America they didn't know what " please " means.

In the USA they didn't know what " the rest of the world " means.

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@vostel - thanks for the topic and ur analysis is excellent. l raised an issue on Agriculture in this forum and nobody has post anything as regarded that, that show how non- chalant everybody is when it comes to Agriculture but we are all ready to eat good food and a lot of it. alot are even become glutton by the day.

it is just a pity that we hv not been able to get out of bad leadership in this part of the world. for God's sake, using Nigeria as a case study we hv all it takes to feed the whole world round the clock- human, weather, soil texture, farm machinery etc but because of bad leadership and unproductive programme we hv not be able to accomplished that.

countries with fewer land areas with unfavourable weather and soil condition are doing beter than we are. it is just a pity!

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you can't blame nobody cos people starve in africa because of drought, locust, famine and other natural problem, though nigeria particulary doesn't suffer much from the lists above so i guess it's corruption and unequal rights

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Your comments are well thought out and insightful. However, I would be more concerned about how to solve the problem. The blame game is a useless game.

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