StoP Aid to AfricA..Until..

No. It will not do. Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us, yet again. It is nearly 25 years since Ethiopia’s (and Bob Geldof’s) famous Feed The World campaign, and in that time Ethiopia’s population has grown from 33.5 million to 78 million today.

Africa is giving nothing to anyone — apart from AIDS
Within 20 years of the Famine, the Irish population was down by 30pc. Over the equivalent period, thanks to western food, the Mercedes 10-wheel truck and the Lockheed Hercules, Ethiopia’s has more than doubled.

Alas, that wretched country is not alone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, lies Somalia, another fine land of violent, Kalashnikov-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts.

Indeed, we now have almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world.

This dependency has not stimulated political prudence or commonsense. Indeed, voodoo idiocy seems to be in the ascendant, with the next president of South Africa being a firm believer in the efficacy of a little tap water on the post-coital penis as a sure preventative against infection.

Needless to say, poverty, hunger and societal meltdown have not prevented idiotic wars involving Tigre, Uganda, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea etcetera.

Africa, with its vast savannahs and its lush pastures, is giving almost nothing to anyone, apart from AIDS.

Meanwhile, Africa’s peoples are outstripping their resources, and causing catastrophic ecological degradation. By 2050, the population of Ethiopia will be 177 million:

How much morality is there in saving an Ethiopian child from starvation today, for it to survive to a life of brutal circumcision, poverty, hunger, violence and sexual abuse, resulting in another half-dozen such wide-eyed children, with comparably jolly little lives ahead of them?

Try even posing a question about how cost-effective development aid actually is.
You will be labeled a misanthropic hater before you even finish your query.

And since the PC police forbid white folk to weigh in on matters of blacks or Africans …May I present this?:

“For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!”

The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good.

Shikwati: Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid.

The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.

Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent.

In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

Currently, Africa is like a child that immediately cries for its babysitter when something goes wrong. Africa should stand on its own two feet.

Before you try to gag this man with a spoon.
Hear him..and me………. out.

Humanitarian relief aid will always be necessary during times of acute crisis and when disaster strikes.

However, the overwhelming evidence that aid can actually transform whole societies and magically lift millions out of poverty is unpersuasive to say the least.

Let’s be honest my friends. If aid could help make Africa become thriving and prosperous, it would have done so by now.

Close to a trillion dollars of aid has been given and sent to Africa in the last few decades alone.

And guess what? Africa is much worse off now than it was then.
Like all long term “hand outs”, it creates dependency, which undermines self-reliance, and self esteem and eventually breeds resentment.

Africa is the only one who can usher in true change to Africa.

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Individual states may have to raise taxes and spend the money wisely and productively in order for their countries to develop. If local systems are not in place – all the aid in the world will still be wasted.
Unchecked corruption prevents even basic services being carried out in most of Africa.

Bleeding heart libs and empty headed rock n rollers with their Live 8 concerts care not one lick if some despot is feathering his own nest and spending money on arms while the majority of the population go hungry.

Countries, like people, have rights. But they also have responsibilities.

One of the solutions, which lefties get all squeamish about no doubt, would be to forcibly remove the tyrants from power and make Africa a “ward” of the West until new governments form.
Perhaps then, there may be a prayer that a self-sufficient economy could be built from the ground up.

Asking people to take responsibilty.
Demanding they do so.

Aid is not always as “charitable” as it appears.
Most especially when it prevents democratic development and urgently needed reforms.

Oftentimes, dependence on help from abroad kills off individual economic incentives.

By giving millions and millions of dollars, the benevolent West actually props up regimes that otherwise could not function.

Try telling the lefty Libs who demand you “give more money every minute”- how Africa is truly a mess because it tolerates kleptocrats who plunder the cookie jars with impunity.
Naw. Who cares if they don’t even uphold basic governance or a vaguely ethical foriegn policy, right?

Oops. But then who would hypocritical rock and Hollyweird stars hold fund raisers for?

And where praytell would movie starlets go to adopt their little “black, politically correct” babies?

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38 Responses to “StoP Aid to AfricA..Until..”

  1. Katie says:

    My money is better spent here at home. Instead of giving to Africa, I give to local food banks and women’s shelters. I give to charities that work to end hunger here in America.

    Why should anyone listen to Bono, or Joliet, or any of the Hollywood whores? Where did they go to school? What studies have they published? Since when does singing rock and roll or acting in a movie make you an expert on poverty and how to end it?

  2. Aurora says:

    Bravo Angel…Brilliant and courageous post. I especially like this:

    we now have almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world.

    The leftist notions of just throwing (hard-earned) tax dollars at people and expecting it to magically ‘do some good’ and ‘save the world’ is pure idiocy. Of course making people into beggars was never really going to help them. It’s time for the continent of Africa to start to take responsibility for its own corruption and fix the problem at the root.

  3. Veritas says:

    Angel,

    You know how much I respect your opinion and agree with your posts. This one, though, gives me a little heartburn.

    First of all, I have always advocated that there should be conditions to our aid. If a country does not act in a way that is in line with our values then I don’t think they should get one green dollar. They can be any faith they want, follow any form of government as long as it follows the rule of law and has a modicum (sic?) of fairness for all its citizens and honors its elections. But it is just foolisheness for us to continue to give aide to coutries who terrorize their own citizens, preach anti-American hatred and anti western rhetoric and are rife with corruption.

    I think we need to stop talking about Africa as if it were one entity and look to the individual nations within this continent. Send the aid to those countries that have moved forward and pull back any assistance to the despots and terrorists that are on a power trip.

    You stated: One of the solutions, which lefties get all squeamish about no doubt, would be to forcibly remove the tyrants from power and make Africa a “ward” of the West until new governments form.
    Perhaps then, there may be a prayer that a self-sufficient economy could be built from the ground up.

    I agree 110%. Just like part of the justification for going into Iraq, there is a world interest to go in and eliminate these despots to make the regions of Africa safe for its citizens and a productive part of this world. If and once Africa nations can be productive members and contribute to the world community, then and only then will the problems there stop.

    But we cannot turn our backs on the starvation, female mutilation, death squads and malaria that is allowed to exist there every day. I maintain that it is not aid per se but rather the wrong kind that is the problem. Typical of the west, we throw money at the situation and then think that that is enough.

    Children die every day because the west solved its malaria problem with DDT and other pesticides and then we tell African nations that they cannot use it. Finally some are no longer listening. Food sent over is confiscated by the government and not given to the poor (well this was actually Myanmar but the case is the illustrative of the problem). AIDS and birthrates are so high because we ship condoms over and then tell African men than it is OK to keep on keepin’ on! Then when men won’t use condoms we find other patches for women to use and explain quietly how they have to take charge without the men feeling threatened.

    No I don’t think we can eliminate the aide, rather we need to attach conditions and expectations to all our aide. Reward those who make progress and restrict those who fall back or are not even playing in the same ballpark. As long as there are no values attached, as long as there are no expectations, the problems will never go away. But likewise, we have a moral obligation to the people themselves, we just have to get rid of the governments.

    Sorry for the diatribe, but this one hit me where it counts. As usual your posts are thought provoking and intellectually stimulating.

  4. in2thefray says:

    You post on some heavy subjects Angel.

    Africa is the only one who can usher in true change to Africa.

    So true..unfortunately I think the world and definitely a certain Presidential contender believes things like the UN Millenium Project is the way to go. The status quo=more of the same.

  5. Nikki says:

    Hey thanks for leaving a message on my blog! I enjoyed the read over here. Rumor has it Bono and the boys don’t even get half the money to the peeps that they claim to…the government takes it and pockets it. Tough subject and worth the discussion. thanks again and I will blogroll you and would love to be on yours too! :) N

  6. Gayle says:

    I agree with everything you said on this post, Angel. The proof is in the results and we can easily see what the results are. Why we continue to poor money into Africa without being able to get the money to where it should be going is beyond me. The only way to help such people is through education, not handouts. Excellent post!

  7. Perri Nelson says:

    The U.S. should get out of the foreign aid business. At least it should do so on the governmental level. Aid to African nations or Middle-Eastern nations largely props up governments that ignore the needs of their people, and ends up enriching the tyrants in those countries.

    “Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favours and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation.

    ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.”

    — George Washington (Farewell Address, 19 September 1796)

  8. Perri Nelson says:

    Every nation that we give aid to except Israel is reproachful of the west, and of the U.S. in particular for not giving enough, and the aid in every case (except Israel) does not improve the conditions for the people who live there.

  9. Brooke says:

    Why should Africa improve? Their horrid leaders have quite a racket going!

  10. nanc says:

    unfortunately, you are exactolutely right. the same could be said of our very own domestic give away programs – just because you give somebody something, doesn’t mean that person is going to turn about and become a productive member of society.

    God forgive me, but sometimes you must turn away from the trainwrecks and just allow them to happen.

  11. David says:

    Angel, Your points are well taken. Your post also led me to re-read Kim duToit’s “Let Africa Sink”

  12. kevin says:

    No problem, Obama’s global poverty tax will solve it all.
    /sarc

  13. Seane-Anna says:

    Hi Angel! Sorry I haven’t been around for a while; been trying to work online. Anyway, I REALLY enjoyed this post! You hit the nail on the head in a way White people aren’t supposed to. I’m sure the “anti-racist”, PC police will be calling on you shortly. Screw ‘em! Keep on fearlessly telling the truth, Angel. I’m one Black girl who’s with you 100%!!!!

  14. John says:

    I find it amazing though that Africans LOVE G.W. because of his AIDS relief spending on the continent. ;-)

  15. Jack says:

    If Africa had oil reserves you’d see countries take a real interest in doing something to make real change there. Since it doesn’t, they assuage whatever guilt they have by throwing a couple of bucks that way.

  16. OMMAG says:

    The only thing approaching a state of civilized social balance and responsible government across the entire continent was accomplished under two things the socialists love to hate:
    1- British colonial rule
    2- South African Apartheid

    The Brits alone out of the European states managed effective colonial states.
    The end of the British colonies and the commonweatlth signaled the end of responsible government on the continent. The apartheid state founded by the Boers at least had a semblance of order. And today ??

    What you have is the natural state of tribal societies that value nothing beyond the immediate clan and the illusions of power. Everything goes straight back to the lowest common denominator. Lust, greed and power.

    As for knobs like Geldoff

  17. Jungle Mom says:

    I feel any help has to have accountability. It is much better to have funds directed through faith based groups who can evaluate those deserving and responsible enough to mange the funds. But then, I am a Christian missionary, so I see that daily.

  18. Debbie says:

    This may be your most controversial post ever Angel. It’s a debate that need to take place … but don’t expect any decrease in funds because it would be politically incorrect.

    Great job.

  19. Always On Watch says:

    It is relatively simple to drum up sympathy for Africa. After all, our fellow human beings there suffer so much!

    BUT

    Giving a leg up goes only so far. People who receive help need to take the responsibility and initiative to make their situation better.

    Look. Africa is the richest continent on earth: diamonds, gold, oil, etc. The resources for a better existence are present on the continent. However, tribal warfare of all sorts has precluded Africans from coming into the modern world.

    Yes, Africans have been vicitimized by outsiders. But they also allow such victimization by others and by themselves.

    Obama, of course, would drag down our standard of living in a FUTILE attempt to rescue Africa. Mistake, mistake, mistake!

    Great post, Angel!

  20. Rosemary says:

    Truth is most of time harsh, and this is one of those times. It’s like weening a 40 year old off his ba-ba! It has to be done. Once that happens, the natural instinct to survive will finally be allowed to kick in. These people are not stupid. They are very resourceful. They’ve had to live with these dictators for decades. They felt they had no power, because they did not. The UN always came to the rescue of the oppressors. Wouldn’t it be nice to see those dictators begging for their lives for a change? First, I would circum-size them without anethisia, slip, let them run around like a chicken with its head cut off, and if they didn’t bleed to death, then we could have a public hanging under the demand that NO ONE would ever rule over them EVER again. They could borrow our Constitution with a few added pieces: No judgement by the Courts shall overrule the People’s decisions or 2/3 of the federal gov’t (Congress and the President), no Congress can make a bill that they are explicitely told they HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO by the Framers, etc. ;)

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  22. KKarLlmM says:

    Home Run Angel, out of the stadium, fantastic piece of journalism.
    Could we at least include Jesse “not quite Michael” Jackson, and Al “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” Sharpton in our next AIDS package to Africa.
    I heard the entire continent is almost WiFi internet connected ,and the people are already Goggle searching for “food”, “cash”, and “Western Handouts”. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this elephant has escaped the circus and the only thing left to do is appoint Bono President of Africa for life!!!!
    Please do not forget the Red Bracelets, and weekly Kabbala classes……

  23. Rosemary says:

    Oops. I made an error in placing your post in the 2nd half of that tb! I’ll go fix it. *blush*

  24. vegas art guy says:

    Not like there aren’t plenty of kids HERE who desperately need to be adopted. That is what gets my blood up.

    Sheesh

  25. MK says:

    I remember reading an article a while back when some fellow from National Review was traveling through Africa, he wondered out aloud to his driver what could be done to help Africa, to which the driver said, you could always just leave it alone.

    But then, like you said, what will all the armies of well-meaning liberals, celebrities, social engineers and government nannies do, doing nothing with the taxpayers money is simply not an option.

  26. Z says:

    I hope you read Mr. Z’s article on Africa at my blog, Angel…I think you’d totally agree as he would with this excellent piece here.

    But, you see, this is THE TRAP..the leftwing “Conservatives are SO MEAN” TRAP. One could read this and say you’re heartless, don’t care about the poor, are ignoring starving children, when that’s the last thing from the truth! Still, sending millions over there when their own are saying STOP is NUTS!

    Another thing worth considering is how our incredible generosity of corn and other food stuffs has KILLED the farmers self-reliance there! Yes! They get it FREE now so why buy it from the farmer down the road? Businesses have closed due to OUR GENEROSITY! We’ve promoted a perverse welfare state in their countries even while we say it’s wrong here! Horrid situation, it’s hard to see children die, SO hard, but their own LEADERS DON”T CARE and our help is hurting!

  27. Angel says:

    THANKS ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL DISCUSSION! ;)

  28. Maggie Thornton says:

    Angel, this is dialogue blogger’s need to concentrate on. Quoting one of the many commenters, this a courageous post.

    Maggie
    Maggie’s Notebook

  29. Wingless says:

    Feed a man a fish he will eat for one day.
    Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime… But why fish if you have a nutrient rich IV drip…

    It’s time to cut the umbilical & allow developing nations to develop. Alas, nothing breeds progress like necessity.

  30. Kevin says:

    “Countries, like people, have rights. But they also have responsibilities.”

    Right on, Angel! Africa (the southern half) is LOOOOOOADED with fertile crop-producing soil, and yet they won’t stop fighting each other long enough to produce the food necessary to survive. It’s disgusting.

  31. DD2 says:

    “For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!”
    Yeah right, and cut me off a peice of that blue cheese from the moon.

  32. Otto - American Interests says:

    There is intelligent aid and unintelligent aid. At the simplest level, if aid was the answer, Africa would have been ok over 30 years ago. Change comes from within ….

  33. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Tremendous, brave post… just what we have come to anticipate and expect from you, Angel.

    I received a call from a customer in Capetown last week who knows another character down there that tried to get me to work with him in Johannesburg about 18 years ago. He told me I certainly made the correct decision to return home to the US. He said the situation is worse than it ever was during Apartheid and that it would inevitably result in an eventual cataclysmic tumble of a scale never seen before.

    Then he told me something really stunning… that it will be OUR FAULT for propping up all the corruption with our “aid”. He said that the very same unprecedented “aid” flow that GW is singularly lauded for by the libs was directly responsible for making things get exponentially worse. “Aid” that never sees the needy, but only the crushing forces of evil.

    Just like here, perpetuation of the enablement mentality only breeds more nipple suckling. The rules/requirements of a healthy, orderly, self reliant society do not change with geographical location.

    But that will not stop the “feel good gifts” flowing from the socialists who continue to ignore the true results.

  34. EDGE says:

    Africa…such a sad story. :( The more we try to help the worse off those folks are!

  35. benning says:

    Stop the aid now.

    Africa will survive. The thugs and tyrants will be swept away when the people grow weary enough. Short of armed intervention by the entire West to throw out the Thugocracies of Africa, there is nothing we should do save continue to be the best Republic in the history of the world.

    Let them see what a Free people can accomplish.

  36. John Smith says:

    A woman after my heart. Your position flawless. Still too nice. There are too many people in the world, let alone an overpopulated generation of confirmed sociopaths. We should send them less food and more guns. Think of how wonderful that continent would be without Africans.

  37. Esther says:

    I have come to realize that there is aid aimed at empowering people to help themselves, and aid aimed at creating dependency. Skip the latter and let Africa develop according to its own heart.

  38. Holli says:

    Finally there is an African Scholar vocalizing the same perspective in her book Dead Aid. Maybe the world will listen now.

    Aid has never worked. I’m a Canadian whose lived in Ghana for 12 years. Aid has poured into this continent for ages and the poor are as poor as ever, and the leaders are richer and could care less about the masses. When are they going to be held responsible?!!!

    Keep this topic alive! I’m so sick of false do-gooders who just boost hollywood careers with their ’causes’….