The continuing war of oppression.

I listened last night to an economist presenting a lecture on why and how the ‘western’ world and China wants to and does keep sub Saharan Africa under their control and in relative poverty. The main thrust of the paper seemed to be that Africa is a prime source of fundamental needs which Industrial countries must have and so at all costs Africans are to be stopped from becoming industrialized so that they could use their own resources. They do this in a number of ways but to a large degree by providing aid and loans, with strings attached, which make the provider the master. In addition if they can get the ‘right’ people in power that also makes the job easier by subtle use of bribery and corruption. If you wish you can listen yourself on Youtube – ‘Underdevelopment’ in Africa – What’s the real story? by Howard Nicholas. An Associate Professor of Economics in the Netherlands.

At the end after marking ‘watch if you want to’ some nastier medical photos but prior to that just some of the poverty photos which are so common.

hospital beds
Main lecture theatre for clinical surgical students in a major hospital,
with its modern facilities and space! We had about 60 people in this room five days a week!
major roadside in Addis Ababa
House offered to a doctor working in a major University hospital
The kitchen in the house!
This picture shows the world wide situation. It obviously affects lives lost and the health of the workforce as well as the economy.

Of course I could show you many beautiful buildings and better roads, but most of them, although seen as a solution, are part of the problem, as they have been built by aid and include the debts owed which keep the population under control. They are in the cities where only about 20% of the population live. 80% of the population are rural. Many are without decent roads, transport, electricity etc.

A bed sore at presentation from a chronically person too poor to be brought to hospital earlier.
The back of a child who fell on a stick, which pierced into his colon. The parents had to wait three months to get enough
money to transport him to the only hospital about a hundred kilometres away.


But he recovered!
Typical ward with no facility for looking at X-rays except by taking them back to the department.
Breast abscess on presentation after just being ‘cleaned up!

Dominic Cartier

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