To quote an old song by Isley Jasper Isley, Caravan of Love, “The place where mankind was born/is so neglected and torn/every woman/every man/join the caravan/of love..”

Africa is the world’s bread basket, so why are there so many Humanitarian crisis’ in the motherland? Ethiopia is the cradle of civilization, and its where a part of the Great Rift Valley runs through.

“As a warm July rain falls on a patchwork of small holdings half a day’s walk from the nearest road, the women harvest yams, the men plow behind sturdy oxen and fat chickens, goats and cows roam outside mud houses. And yet for all the apparent abundance, this area is so short of food that many are dying from starvation.”

Deforestation has had a crippling effect on the continents soil quality. Moreover, life giving rains come too little too late. The dry season is more intense in Africa than anywhere else in the world due to the proximity to the equator. Not to mention, if the rain doesn’t saturate the soil and produce runoff to refill acquifers its almost like it never rained at all.

Africa needs the technological advances that the West has to address their issues with starvation.

“Hunger has swept East Africa this year, spurred by poor rains and rising food prices. The U.N. estimates that 14 million people urgently need food aid, including 2.6 million in Somalia and more than 1 million in Kenya. In Ethiopia, 4.6 million people are at risk, and 75,000 children have severe acute malnutrition.”

“Nearly a quarter-century ago, an outright famine led to Live Aid, an international fund-raising effort promoted by rock stars, which produced an outpouring of global generosity: millions of tons of food flooded into the country. Yet, ironically, that very generosity may have contributed to today’s crisis.”

Critics say that the farmers may have become dependent on the foreign aid instead of making efforts to do for themselves. That is a contrite answer that is too simplistic to hold weight. Though, its true over time, there’s a loss of key skills, and a country that doesn’t have to feed itself soon becomes a country that can’t. Farmers can’t compete with free aid from outside agencies.

Why bother with development when shortfalls are met by aid? Thats the conundrum African nations find themselves faced with. Once again I err on the side of caution because their is always more to a story than meets the eye. Are these issues related to Colonialism? How does teh International Monetary Fund play a role in this? Has Ethiopia’s debt been relieved by the G8?

Many times countries can’t afford to feed people because their stifled with parasitic debt at the hands of the World Bank and other Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s). It’s perplexing because Africa has the most abundant resources of any continent in the world. However, when your resources are being pillaged & exported to the highest bidder, while you are given pennies on the dollar then you see how a whole nation can be pilfered and then blamed for deficit.

Its a cruel cycle of divide & conquer, hegemony and imperialism. At the same time, media pundits will simply repeat the propaganda being spouted from the State Department. Its not alwways as it seems, and people need to stop being so damn gullible and research these issues from a truly global perspective.

Its tantamount to American’s coming to North America as conquerors then duping “Indigenous groups” to allow them land, life, and title. Then tur around & send them diseased blankets that kill them off. Next, when all the men are dead we blame the people for not being able to feed themselves. This is the same method of operation here with Africa present day. Think about it.

“In 2005 a $1.4 billion five-year program identified 7.3 million Ethiopians unable to live without free food and gave them jobs in rural projects, such as roads and irrigation. The idea was to create livelihoods as well as to save lives. It was working, slowly. By this year, says a Western economist familiar with the effort, “a few thousand” had left the program and were making it on their own.”

“Then came the double blow of drought and soaring food prices. Of the 7.3 million, 5.4 million suddenly needed extra food aid. The sobering lesson: even the best efforts to eliminate hunger are expensive, slow and uncertain of success. Depressing as it may be, this may not be the last time Ethiopia needs help.”

Depressing, Dispicable, Disgusting & Depressing, indeed, that my ancestral homeland is in this state..

Though I write/ to fight/to make things RIGHT!  SELAH….


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