July 7, 2005
Another African says: “Please don’t help us!”
[editor’s note: this post was “pasted” in — it appeared originally at the old Dawson’s Danube site, which is archived here.]
“Bitte helft uns nicht!” (“Please don’t help us!”) is the title of the article at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. This time the African making the plea is a journalist from Uganda, Andrew Mwenda. (I say “this time” because of an earlier post re a Kenyan making a similar request.)Mr Mwenda: “I watched on CNN the Live 8 concert. Robbie Williams was fantastic. But as far as help for Africa goes, the whole thing was, as expected, a disaster.”
More: “Blair is making one of the biggest mistakes of his life. He is giving a blank check to African dictators.”
When asked about a Marshall Plan for Africa: “Marshall Plan! I’ve heard that before. At that time the Marshall Plan contributed 2% of German GDP. In the countries south of the Sahara, 13% of the average GDP is already financed from outside.”
His plea: “Stop all financial aid … And ignore Africa.”
Wow, even for someone such as myself who finds it easy to ignore Africa, that “sounds” a bit shocking. But I agree wholeheartedly.