May 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Everybody deserves to die, as far as someone is concerned.” These words best describe the situation in Central African Republic Capital, Bangui. Nearly every one there wants somebody dead. It is a City of overlapping vendetta’s. Everyone there is nursing a lethal grudge. What started as a rebel coalition overthrowing a corrupt dictatorship has now become a conflict split across religious lines.
The Seleka rebels overthrew Bozize and set about terrorizing the country; looting, raping and murdering. The Central Africa Republic didn’t have a history of religious conflict but the rise of the Seleka rebels made up of mostly Muslims triggered a lot of resentment among the Christians majority who blame the Muslims for the Seleka actions. The Seleka rebels have inspired such a strong level of hate such that innocent Muslims were being butchered as revenge by the Anti-Balaka.
For a long time, it was Christians who felt persecuted but now the tables have turned. Revenge is a full time business in Bangui nowadays and the Anti-Balaka rebels have their hands full; scores to settle, Muslims to kill. French and African Peacekeepers are trying to stop the bloodshed but they are out numbered. Muslims still remaining in the city are under siege. Desperate to escape, ready to die trying. Bangui, a city which had about 130,000 Muslims a few months ago now has slightly over 1,000. Its time sanity prevailed and compromise prevailed. The international community must do more to prevent a full blown genocide in this tiny forgotten African Country.
November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
South Africa is the same old; White man’s opportunity with black faces on top. The economy of South Africa is the largest in Africa, accounts for 24% of its Gross Domestic Product and is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, which makes the country one of only four countries in Africa represented in this category.
While the White South Africans account for about 20% of the country’s population, they control 85% of the economy and earn up to than six times more than blacks according to South Africa data census. Many Black South Africans are tired of waiting for “better life” that was promised when ANC took over power in 1994. Disenchantment in ANC has been building up over the years and is near a boiling point. The initial excitement among blacks has fizzled out as the plight of Blacks in South Africa is much worse under ANC government. The number of people living on $1 a day doubled from two to four million. As of 2010, only 5,000 of the more than 35 million black South Africans earned more than $60,000. A quarter of the entire population live in shacks without running water or electricity. A quarter has no access to clean water. The HIV/AIDS/TB infection rate is 20%. Life expectancy has dropped by 13 years from 1994.
Then comes one Julius Sello Malema. As a child, he did not fear carrying a pistol, setting fire to things for political expression. He does not fear the media, the Boers, or even the South African President, Jacob Zuma. During a local government election rally in Kimberley this year, Malema labeled whites criminals, reportedly saying: “We must take the land without paying. They took ours without paying. Once we agree they stole our land, we can agree they are criminals and must be treated as such.” He says Mandela gave them Political freedom and he has taken it upon himself and other Economic Freedom Fighters to now bring Economic Freedom to the black South Africans although in a more radical manner like that of comrade Robert Mugabe. While the elite South Africans have been quick to dismiss him as a Demagogue who has no place in the new South Africa, he has a huge following of many poor black South Africans who see him as their liberator. Time and time again, history always repeats itself.
We live in a society that is breathtaking in its hypocrisy. But that is the strategy, to pretend to be one thing while becoming its opposite. While nothing good came of apartheid… The picture postcard of post-apartheid South Africa, South African prosperity is little more than just a fairy tale. However, South Africa is still regarded by many as a better place by approximately 6million people from other countries.
That’s your food for Thought..