Africa is poor and 5 other myths | Simon Moss | TEDxWarwick

Africa is poor and 5 other myths | Simon Moss | TEDxWarwick

Translator: Kangbin Im
Reviewer: Capa Girl I spend my time traveling
around the country, traveling around the world,
talking to people about the progress and challenges
that the world faces, dealing with, what I say, is one of the biggest
challenges to humanity. Which is the challenge
that 1.3 billion people on our planet are struggling to get by. Along the way, I’ve had hundreds of conversations with people, answered hundreds of questions. And today what I wanted to share with you were some of the misconceptions, some of the assumptions that I hear from people, and I wanted to try and challenge some of them, and I want to share with you some surprising facts, and insightful stories that, I think, mean that we can look at the issue of extreme poverty a little bit differently. I wanted to start with this myth, that many of us have heard, that Africa is poor. First of all, I want to try and ask, “Where does that come from?” For generations, we have been brought up on photos, that look a little bit like this. We see them in the media, we see them in charity advertising. We have this sense that nothing ever changes, and that actually, Africa is a bit of a basket case. Well, Africa’s actually 54 different countries. There’s a huge amount of diversity. And the time I’ve spent in Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, doesn’t look like this at all. It looks a lot more like this. Because Africa is a continent that is full of amazing people doing amazing things. And although we might not hear all of the story a lot of the time, we should actually be really impressed with the progress the Africans themselves are making. And be asking the question, “What can we do to get in behind and support?” And I’m proud to say, actually, the people in our country, they’re generally pretty generous. The foreign aid that we give, all around the world, to Africa, is about 50 billion US dollars a year. That’s a lot of money. A lot of people have said, “But it never makes any difference,” and it’s important to recognize that, actually, aid to Africa, isn’t really that much money. Remittances, money sent home by Africans themselves, working overseas, are about another 40 billion dollars a year. And you add those two things together, 90 billion dollars, and you’re still well short of the roughly 400 billion dollars a year that predominantly leaves Africa in the form of natural resources. The question of, “Why is Africa poor?”, I think, is the wrong one. The one I’m more interested in is, “Why are there so many people in Africa still living in poverty?” If we take a step back from a yearly figure like this, we can actually see that over the last 40 years or so, some 1.8 trillion dollars worth of money has left Africa when it probably shouldn’t have. This is a report that was put together last year by a group called Global Financial Integrity. What they found was that vast amounts of money leave Africa, and come here. The City of London is one of the largest financial centers of the world. The centers of Europe are also where this money goes. And the challenge, I think, we’ve got to face, is asking ourselves, “What is our role, as citizens in a country like the United Kingdom, in doing something about this?” Because actually, the money that helps buy things like this, which is the 21 million pound mansion owned by Equatorial Guinea’s Agricultural Minister Teodorin Obiang, is I think a really important one. Teodorín, lives in a country where 70% of people live on less 2 two dollars a day. How he can justify spending some of his and his country’s money, on this house, on his two Bugatti Veyrons, on a golf course, on a nice swimming pool, is a little bit beyond me. What’s also beyond me is the fact that, actually, he puts his money in our banks. And we don’t seem to see fit to ask some tough questions about that. So if we’re serious about trying to see what we can do about poverty in a place like Africa, let’s stop thinking that Africa, the continent, is poor. And start thinking what is it beyond just aid that we can do that is going to help us actually address some of these issues. That leads me to a second myth, something that I hear all the time, which is this idea that poverty is getting worse. And I think it’s fair to say that actually, it’s just not true. The World Bank put together the world’s global figures on how extreme poverty is going, and in fact, they did their figures last week. And since 1981, roughly 30 years ago, the world has halved the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty. From 52 % of the world’s population, down to just 25 % in 2005. And this week, it was updated to say that actually it’s down to 22 % about 1.3 billion people. This is a huge success story, something that we often don’t hear about, and something, I think, we should be incredibly proud of. Because if we ask ourselves a question, “Well, how did this happen?”, we did it by doing things like using the aid that countries like ours gave, but also the hard work of people all around the world, to do things like completely eradicate a disease like smallpox. We’ve contained a disease like polio, which my mother had, by 99%. We’ve cut diphtheria rates. We’ve cut measles deaths in Africa by 93% in just the last ten years. We’ve cut tetanus rates by 85%. These are actually phenomenal achievements, and I wanted to take a moment, just to take a step back, and realize, just how important it is, that these changes are taking place. (Video) (Gulshan has polio) (her life…) (… would have been different) (… with a few drops) (Help) (end polio.) ( A disease like polio is a disease that means a lot to me. In the 1950s my mother was one of tens of thousands of people in Australia that suffered part of the polio pandemic. Means she’s got one leg shorter than the other, she can’t run properly, she can’t walk properly. And thanks to the global efforts of tens of thousands of people getting together, actually, what we have seen, is a huge transformation. In the last 23 years, polio rates are down 99.8%. Last year, there were just 650 cases of polio. And this is thanks to thousands of people, in countries like ours, and countries like India and all over the world getting together, and actually showing that progress is possible. In a case like polio, we’ve gone from 125 countries with the disease, in 1988, down to just 4 last year. And some of you might have seen in the media, but in fact just a few weeks ago, that number dropped to 3. Because India became one of the few countries that’s actually completely gotten rid of polio largely under its own state. They’ve gone an entire year without a single case of polio, and that’s because they’ve gotten together with people from countries like ours, to say that we actually can do something about it. So next time you hear someone say, “You know, it’s just not possible to create change.” I’d like you to say, “Actually, it is.” The world’s been making some absolutely huge changes and transformations in addressing big issues. And it’s being done because we’ve got together with other people to do it. And as you do that, they’re likely to come back to you with a question like, “But, we’re never going to fix poverty if people keep having so many children.” And I’d like to say, well, we’ve got the logic here around slightly the wrong way. Because actually, I think, they have too many children, or they have many children, because people are poor. It used to be that people would have a really large family. In a place like Bangladesh, 40 years ago, women had 7 children and expected a quarter of them to die. Thanks to making investments in healthcare, thanks to making sure that little girls got to stay in school, thanks to giving families access to information about fertility and family planning, Bangladesh now has roughly 2 children per woman. And, only about 1 in 20 of them don’t make their 5th birthday. Absolutely huge changes are possible, but we need to make sure we understand how and why. Because it used to be, back in the past, even in countries like our own, the people would have 4 kids, but 2 of them would die. They died from preventable diseases like diarrhea, from disease like measles. Over the last 50 years, the world has made phenomenal progress. People still have 4 kids, but we’ve reduced, dramatically, the number of them that don’t make it to their 5th birthday. That means that populations grow, and they grow rapidly. But as you just saw from Bangladesh, what happens over time, is that, actually, as we contain the number of kids who die, families choose to become smaller. In 2050, our planet will have 9 billion people on it. There’s not really much we can do about it. If we want to make sure it doesn’t go much beyond 9 billion, that it doesn’t reach 10 or 11 billion, what we need to do is not say, “How do we stop them from having children?”, but say, “How do we stop poverty?” “How do we support people to make the decisions they want to make around their family sizes?” And as we do that, you’ll often hear people ask this question, “Well, there’s not going to be enough food if there are 9 billion people.” And, often implied in that, is that if they keep having all these poor people with so many children, maybe it’ll be easier if we let just a few of them die. Now, I don’t think that’s ethically acceptable, I don’t think that’s kind, in fact, I don’t also think it’s true. Because we know from all the data, that’s being collected by groups like the Food and Agricultural Organization, there’s more than enough food to feed the world. The problem is not a supply one. It’s a distribution problem. And a useful way of thinking about this is instead of thinking about, “Where is all the food?”, is to ask, “What do we do with the food?” Because this year, the World Food Program, the UN agency charged with feeding the roughly 925 million people who go to bed hungry tonight, has a budget of about 3 billion pounds a year. That’s about a third of the food that British households will throw out, you know, the food at the back of the fridge, gets a bit smelly. The leftovers we never get quite around to eating. That 420 pounds per household, all the households across the country, about 10 billion pounds worth a year. Because actually, when we start asking questions around things like food and hunger, the challenge isn’t whether or not there’s enough food, it’s where we choose to send it. And a useful way of thinking about that is by looking at the balance. 30% of people in sub-Saharan Africa are classified by the World Health Organization as malnourished — they’re not getting enough or not getting enough of the right food. The obesity rate in the UK is 26%. What we need to be thinking about is not, “How do we stop more people from existing,” but “How do we make sure that everyone can get access to decent, affordable food in their local area?” And given that we, in the UK, throw out 40% of the food between the farm and our houses, there’s a huge amount we can be doing about that. Now, the final two things I’d like to have a look at are a bit less about facts, and a bit more about us. They’re about the way that we see the world. And they’re about things that we often try and do to help make a difference. The first of those is the idea that, “I’ll help by volunteering overseas.” To those people who have considered this or done that, I want to say, brilliant, that’s absolutely wonderful! But, when we think about trying to help out, we need to remember that trying to do something about an issue like poverty — it isn’t about us. It’s about people living in poverty themselves, and it’s about what they’re doing, and what we can support them to do a little bit better. And so if we want to volunteer overseas, we need to make sure to ask ourselves some questions, about why we want to do that, what value they’re really going to add. Because I travel around the country, I meet far too many people who are really keen, but like this next person, haven’t necessarily thought a huge amount about it. (Video) (Synthesized voice) Yes, how can I help you? (Man) I want to be an aid worker. (Woman) Really? Why? (Man) Because I want to save the poor peoples. (Woman) What do you know about aid work? (Man) I want to heal the world. I want to make it a better place. (Woman) That is a song lyric, not a reason. What do you know about aid work? (Man) It is glamorous. I want to meet Bono. I want to save the children. (Woman) That is not how it works. Have you even thought about this? (Man) Yes. I bought a white armband. I want to be an aid worker. (Woman) Do you know anything about poverty and development? (Man) I read the book, “The End of Poverty,” by Jeffery Sachs. I want to end poverty. It is my calling. (Woman) OK. But you do not need to be an aid worker. You can do other things. Give money. Volunteer for charities here. Join campaigns to change laws that keep people poor. (Man) Yes. I’m a volunteer. I went to Africa last summer, and did aid work. I built a school. I taught English. I want to be an aid worker. Simon Moss: Now, that’s a little video that we put together last year, that we hear a lot of people say exactly those things. And honestly, they’re all fantastic things. But they all need context. Because going to another country, for a month, if you don’t speak the language, if you don’t have any practical skills of building or teaching — and if you’re only going to hang around for a month, isn’t likely to actually make that much of a difference. You’re going to learn a huge amount about it. And if you go in knowing that actually you may not be very much help at all, but you’ll change your perspective, could be a really valuable thing. This is my friend Mark. And five years ago, Mark and I went to Malawi together. And we went knowing that we wouldn’t be particularly useful. We went to learn, we went to listen, we went to understand some of the challenges that local communities were facing, and what they were doing. The local said, “Well, you’re here, give us a hand!” They asked Mark to fill up some water. And you can see him here at a hand water pump. It took Mark twenty minutes to fill up one 20-liter tub. The ladies spent most of the time laughing. When Mark said, “Fine, you have a go at it!” they filled up a 20-liter water jerry in about a minute and a half. Mark came away from that saying, “I just — I feel like I’m not really making a difference.” And he was right. But what he took from that experience was that what he could do, was phenomenal, if he used his skills as a banker. He went away and learned Indonesian after that, and he’s just come back from 12 months of working in Timor-Leste, in East Timor, supporting people running micro finance organizations to build better financial control systems. If you take the time to learn the language, if you take the time to think about what you are doing volunteering can be wonderful. People like Darsy here, have spent years traveling the world, volunteering, learning huge amount, but also contributing to communities. I think that if we take the approach that we need to first listen, recognize that communities themselves know a lot more than we do about their issues, and actually, we can make a huge difference but recognize that we’re partners, not people who know more than others. And I’d like to finish with a final myth, which is about charity overheads. Most of us, I think, have been mugged by one of those charity stalkers on the street, asked for money, and the immediate question we want to ask is, “How much of it will you spend on administration?” And I’d like to suggest that that’s actually the wrong question to be asking. It’s a little bit like asking an airline, how much money do they spend on safety. I don’t actually mind how much money a charity spends on their overheads, in the same way I don’t mind how much EasyJet spends on safety, so long as they get me safely from one airport to the next one. Because at the end of the day, our obsession with asking charities about overheads means that they stop thinking about doing really good work on the ground, they stop thinking about making sure that kids can read and write, and make sure that 95 pence and every pound you give them actually just gets sent to Africa. No time for monitoring, no time for checking, and no time to tell you actually what happened. So next time you stop by one of these charity muggers, what I’d like to suggest is to ask them a different question. Ask them what success looks like. Ask them what proof you have, to make sure your money is really going to make a difference. And ask them how they know when they’ve failed, and what they’re going to do about it. Because all in all, actually, we can make a huge difference. Because when we ask better questions, we ask questions like, “Can they read and write?” We can start making sure that charities are focusing on what really matters. Which is making sure that people living in poverty themselves have a chance to fight it. I want to finish with a couple of alternative suggestions to this idea, that are put out around these myths. First, Africa is a continent that’s rich, it’s wealthy, it’s wonderful. Too many Africans are poor because they’ve got bad governments, and because we’ve got governments and systems that allow them to do that. If we’re serious, what we need to do is start telling people about what’s actually happening. Demonstrate that poverty is really getting better around the world, in the vast majority of places and for the vast majority of people. To demonstrate that, actually, the best way to slow population growth is by making sure that kids can go to school, and making sure that more kids survive. The best way to reduce pressures on population, the best way to reduce pressures on food, is to waste less food ourselves. And the best way to make sure we’re really making a difference — is to say that good intentions aren’t enough, that we can make a huge difference. But only if we stop to ask a few questions first. Only if we stop to ask the question, “Is what I’m doing actually going to help?” “How’s it going to help? Whom am I going to help?” “And do they actually want my help?” Thank you very much. (Applause)

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100 thoughts on “Africa is poor and 5 other myths | Simon Moss | TEDxWarwick

  1. See on YouTube how the polio vaccine created cancer and how the smallpox vaccines created autism

  2. I know is not the same but for all people complaining that Africa is poor due to greedy whites. I am Polish and we were drained after WW2 economically by Russia after collapse of USSR Africa was free for 2-3 decades. We started at the same level (GDP per capita) as Africa (earning on average <1k$). Within 25 years of full independence our economy grew 10 times and is stronger than ever. Good country to compare us with is Ukraine. They were slightly richer than Poland and because of corruption, nepotism and internal conflicts (even before the war) and so on Ukraine is far behind other post-soviet countries.
    What is the point? I know is not that simple and not black and white but lots of African countries are responsible for their's action and their future is in their hands and only by ending conflicts and working together they can succeed.
    I know colonization was bad but that era is over and should not be brought up.

  3. Those Wascally Wothschild Jews in the City of London are constantaly bleeding the MotherLand of her Natural Resources

  4. Europe keeps Africans in poverty. He should tells the truth, he should talk about NEO-COLONIALISM!

  5. It's great how most people concentrate on one picture the guy used instead of stats, figures and facts. Shows your true humanity.

  6. Why is the liberal white poverty industry focused on making everyone…………well……….like themselves?

    FYI, Tim Costello, former CEO of World Vision Australia was drawing annual benefits of over $300,000 per year. He is brother of a former high profile politician. They are part of the Catholic Mafia, that includes the current Prime Minister, that runs Australia, and is busy running the country into the ground. The Australian government shovels mountains of taxpayer money at this organisation each year. It is not just in Africa where the well-connected enjoy extravagant benefits on the back of political corruption. If you wish to donate to the poverty industry, go ahead. I won't be.

  7. The problem is the low price of raw materials that are set by the countries of the North. However, Finland itself fixes the price of wood of its forests, because it is European country! This is the economic racism.
    Do you know a poor person who possesses a large quantity of gold? That person is the Africans. It is the whole global financial system that has to be redone.

    Who is wasting natural resources? Which peoples consume the most? These are the countries and peoples of the northern hemisphere, so they are the ones who must reduce the birth rate!

  8. The first thing I expected him to address is the looting from the west, how they topple our governments and distabilise our economies while sponsoring puppets and dictators to steal for them, how the French government is taking 500 billion dollars every year from French Africa, how the USA has 35 military bases and counting and sponsoring the majority of terrorist organisations in Africa , how the post free colonial meal system is still inn place even though we talk of imperialism as a thing of the past but naah, i guess not so i stopped watching!.

  9. African is not poor if anybody said Africa is poor u are lies Africa have everything Gold and Diamond anything u think is in African

  10. People have to stop blaming the West because even if the West paid 10x as much for the resources they bought then the are worth that would have only made the top fraction of corrupt government leaders richer and the average African wouldn't have seen a dime. Africa is so far behind because it hasn't reinvested anything back into it's communities which is why their is such poor education and high unemployment. This won't end until african people smarten up and elect a functioning government.

  11. Good leaders like Thomas Shankara of Burkina Faso and Patience Lomumba of Congo got killed and corrupt leaders like Mobutu SeSeko got installed by Europeans for the benefit of the Europeans and Americans. Then people ask why is Africa poor?? Now you can talk about African poverty. It is happening right now in Libya, Iraq, Venezuela, etc, etc

  12. If Africa had its own currency based on the amount of gold they had, (because Africa is rich with resources, it isn't all a desert or empty savannah) it would bankrupt the world, which is why we keep them down.

  13. Why Africa is poor? … So do Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia etc… IQ and RACE. Even wit oil money, Qatar or some other oil rich countries are poor intellectually. After so many years, they are still incapable of developing or manufacture a prominent product. Not that they never tried, but were incapable to do that. This is a sad truth which we need to admit and address.

  14. You were too scared yo tell your own people that the reason Africa is poor is because you managed to to dominate the intelligent people of Africa by endorsing the weak ones in the process you got over 800 billion a year moving to your countries. DONT LIE AND SAY ITS JUST ILLICIT MONEY. your countries are the branches in a tree ensuring the the existence of the root problem

  15. Corruption & destabilising countries in Africa keeps it poor and war in the Middle East, ALL keep the Western countries going . But the new uprisings will soon change it and the West will start looking like 3rd world countries. Nothing lasts forever

  16. Can any westerner (including myself) name more than 10 African countries? If they can, are they able to articulate the economic and political history that have led to the current state of their country? If they cannot, then they should not speak as though they understand their individual situations and stop making generalizations!

  17. Africa, has its own resources but it's been robbed blind by WHITES, The Congo (the hands), not easy to trust you people. Actually I dont!!!

  18. The pillage and plunder of Africa is what made white people rich …Africa's resources drive western industry …… don't see them in India reminding Indians about their poverty ….

  19. Make the world a better place for all to live in so there is no unnecessary migration you lot know what to do but pretend not to

  20. How do you "give" aid when you are the one responsible for destroying it? You aren't giving anything … "YOU OWE!" Stop me when I lie and give a logical rebuttal.

  21. The White Europeans have all the reasons to repent, admit and compensate for all the brutal, destructive and continuing decay of the Colonialism. Leave Africans to the ex-invaders care. But, the Chinese are now coming in roves!!! What, do the Africans deal with the new Communistic Imperialism???

  22. Economic and trade colonisation of Africa and her resources with profits and minerals going abroad to big European and American corporations instead of improving the lives of the locals. No matter how much minerals Africa has, Africa and her leaders have no foresight they have a now approach. Besides it’s western interests to keep Africa begging for we could very easily become a superpower if they teach us their ways in tech, science, military complex and trade. Africa is a sleeping giant!

  23. The solution is Europe and USA should be disconnected with the Eastern world, (i.e., From Africa, Middle east to Japan , Korea)Then the problems that the world is facing will be solved just like that.

  24. Bangladesh is still a very poor country. Poverty did not stop the women from using contraception when it was given to them.

  25. Polio spread with Europeans movement about the world and was used as part of germ warfare. The English language is another colonial virus ? Especially when England is smaller than Texas?

  26. One can keep on telling repeatedly that you are poor until when you say it by yourself that i am poor. Now we shall keep telling them we are rich till they realize we are rich. We are slowly realizing our riches and taking it bit by bit and not with greed as they have done in to their continents.

  27. Afrika was great..had 3000+ years of history that the Europeans are yet to match..Europe came to the world seen around 1400 .. back to Afrika being poor we know European nations still have stuges in afrika distablizing Afrika for it's raw materials..if Europe bought our resources at market value, and stop funding distablizing groups in Afrika maybe just maybe we might use that money for building schools and dispensaries instead of buying guns sold to as by European Governments.

  28. Typical neo-colonialist!! whatever you say, say nothing… and stay away from the real problem… what a shame that he pretends to care about Africa but still maintains the wrong perception on Africa. Of all pictures that can accurately represent Africa, a photo of some missing tooth poor old woman is all he could show?? Oh how pathetic these creeps really are!!

  29. But Africa honestly is much poorer than the rest of the world on average by quite a large margin. It isn't their fault, and doesn't mean they live in constant misery, but you can't just deny that.

  30. we don't need your help we just need you to leave our continent in peace and stop stealing from us. we had enough of colonialism

  31. Africa is the richest continent in the world these propagandists keep dreaming and lying to themselves when they know very well what the truth is.

  32. "Sub-Saharan Africa doesn't look like this at all, it looks a lot more like this"………….(shows picture of 2 African Women smiling).

    Me – WTF !!!!!, ROFL……..Could've chosen a better picture to show how Africa is changing.

  33. No hope for Africa when all you get is a fairy tales. Mr Simon doesn't get it at all. It is all about demographics, not an economy.

  34. You're talking about the Church you, son of a 🧙‍♀️. Yes the government gives $100million per day to Presidents. Wonderful.

  35. When the Chinese finish with Africa, you do not want to be there! Wake up Africa kick them off the continent.

  36. In most of the countries in Africa, the women are still having more than 4 or 5 children each. Some have more, a few have less.

  37. corrupt politicians and business is selling us out just like in the days of slavery. back then they wanted our people and now they want our mountains and trees. . . Mama Africa is not going to allow us to get away with this. We better get our moral compass fixed and start to hold our leaders to a higher standard before it is to late. i love being african and i love Africa. God has blessed us with this African gift and we will loose it if we dont start to care. . . I Pray. . .

  38. Africa is only poor interpreted by western standards of rich. They are very poor in accordance to spiritual growth and evolution of humanity. That's why poisonous chemicals are directed in the continent continously. West isn't the universal economic development standard. Africa has a million of years old economic system which the west is weary about. The best they can do is keep scandelizing Africa

  39. There is enough food stop feeding us fake food…..There is enough land……farm the land and we won't have an issue…..stop trying to control us

  40. Africa rule the world for about 70,000 years these guys are around for less than a thousand years and barely holding on by their finger tip how long can they rule for. The world is a wheel we all get our turn. When Africa rule the wealth of the world was more equally share now most of the wealth are concentrated base on race, how long you think the world is going to stand for that unequal sharing of the world resources. When you rule you must be fair. China turn is coming around much quicker than it would have otherwise, they seems much more willing to share rather than just taking as the present ruler as be doing for hundreds of years.

  41. The West continues to keep its hands in the destabilization of any country with the potential to make progress towards true freedom. Capitalism thrives on poverty, oppression and colonial tactics.

  42. Let me tell you about something you don't know about your home. You could start with less stuff to begin with. You could ….

  43. If you europeans want to help Africa stop stealing our ressources instead of buying and also stop financing terrorism in the continent,interfering in our affairs,corrupting our leaders,showing the bad imge of Africa etc

  44. He's still not talking about the European colonialism and pillage that caused the African continent to become poor in the first place

  45. Africa has poor leadership that are sellouts – same as in America. But Africa is far richer than the US in resources and will be the stage for WWIII if something isn't done soon to protect their water reserves. Get the West and Asia out of Africa and learn to stand up for yourselves as equal or superior players on the world stage. If a leader sells you out – give them the punishment they deserve.

  46. Some races are just more advanced and civilized than others. I know, I know … It's 'wacist' to say it …

  47. As a retired white south african who spends most of his time in a small free state township he's hit the nail on the head. Very good perceptive talk

  48. It’s not aid that the west sends to Africa…it’s money from the gold silver and unlimited stolen resources…without Africa…there’s no west 👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿

  49. You people selling weapons ebola hiv France is having 500 billion taxes on western Africa countries lol they poor uk took alot of minerals because of colonialism talk real problem is Europe you putting sanctions in Zimbabwe you think we happy. Not all African countries are poor solve problems in western Europe you poor mantegro is not doing well Denmark

  50. Whites will NEVER help africa rise. That's a lie from the pits of he'll. It's Africans who will make Africa rise. We don't need aid nor support but partnerships. Africans need to be reenergized and effect it's own revolution.

  51. If you discussing this then what do you think the British and Australia are doing and America and China and Europe are doing to help this exploitation of AFRICA They are also doing this to their own people as well.

  52. while some truth was said a lot of nonsense was said . corruption is everywhere in the world and the west loves Africa the way it is . As for NGO's and socall foreign aid we all know there is no free lunch . As for reducing kids in homes that is not a problem in Africa rather it is an issue in the west

  53. If Africa is so wealthy and productive then Western nations should stop supplying foreign aid and expertise and use that money and knowledge for their own people. Africans need to remove the corrupt officials who build themselves million dollar mansions etc as shown in the video, and take responsibility for their own survival, education, health and so on.

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