The Real African|| By Jugal Shah
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap – Bible
Not true for Sierra Leone or the African continent in general.
Africa, a continent so abundant in everything Karma refuses to make its presence felt here, conversely, the abundance seems to be shaping the Karma of its inhabitants.
Ever since its discovery by invading (Read Western) powers, the rich continent of poor people has never seen a period of sustained tranquillity and peace. Slavery, Colonialism and now ravaged by the roots of Western style parasitic economic imperialism. Everyone wants what Africa has without giving what it needs, China included.
Sierra Leone is a good example.
The mudslide in Sierra Leone earlier this week -August 14th has transformed into a humanitarian crisis but has been overshadowed by events before and after the calamity. Charlottesville Incident and the Barcelona attacks. Less than 20 people have died in these attacks and conventional/Social media has hogged all attention worldwide.
Meanwhile, in Sierra Leone more than 400 hundred people have been killed, thousands missing, displaced and homeless with continued torrential rainfall and threat of epidemic looming large on the unfortunate region.
Has there been any coverage of an incident this size? Insignificant to say the least, cause the people out there are pleading for help when relief should have been pouring from all sides. Even the so called protectors and self-righteous governing bodies like UN, WHO, Red Cross have been slow on the uptake, begging the question – Do black lives matter?
Also one wonders where the world’s foremost “philanthropist” aka Bill Gates has disappeared?
Here’s an excerpt from his blog post on Jan 2017 named – 5 reasons I’m optimistic about Africa
“For my first blog of the new year, I want to share evidence of this trend from a place where many people wouldn’t expect to find it—Africa. It’s one of my favourite places to go for a fresh perspective on how the world is improving. I saw this in-person last year during my trips to South Africa and Ethiopia.”
Gates’s subsequent posts make one feel that he has adopted Africa, however, forget any help not even a tweet from “Benevolent” Gates. Now would be a good time to remove that VR Goggles, Bill. Ditto for foreign companies who have business interests in Sierra Leone.
Analysts have been saying why this mudslide occurred, they attribute it to factors like Deforestation, Mining, Urbanization all the societal evils basically brought on by the colonists and now the country/government is left to fend for themselves in the event of a calamity.
Whatever little has been done has a geopolitical undertone to it. Since China has deeper ties with Sierra Leone, the US and its vassals remain aloof, looking the other way.
For once, just once dear people, can we help without expecting something in return? Sierra Leone needs it. Sierra Leone needs us.