May 23, 2006
The Sad Story of AfricaTopics: Africa
Africa is a sad story. In their long history, the poor Africans have had to suffer from their own bloody kings and headman; from war and slavery among their tribes and empires; from European, American, and Arab slavery, and from bloody colonialism. And with decolonization, their lives were made worse by rapacious, corrupt, thug mortacracies. An excellent book on what has happened in Africa since decolonization is Martin Meredith's The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair--A History of Fifty Years of Independence. The book is long at 752 pages, but worth the reading. It is well researched, balanced, and does not sugar coat who is responsible for the plight of Africans.
Virtually on each page, I had to shake my head at how the Africans were ruled by their own people and with few exceptions, still are. They were often murdered as one would swat a fly. The conditions they often were forced live under were such that if they lived for thirty or forty years, they were lucky. Many African countries had the resources for their people to live comfortably, but the gang of ruling thugs took almost all of it for themselves. They nationalized or took over profitable companies for their own benefit, and demanded foreign companies pay millions of dollars in bribes to do business in their countries. Many were rich beyond measure, while their people were made to live in life threatening conditions. The understanding that he who controls the state owns the state and everything was most glaring in the postcolonial history of Africa.
I did an accounting of world democide from 1900 to 1987, and from this I calculate that for African postcolonial states, they're most likely democide range is from 1,788,900 to 6,395,540, within which I estimate a probable 3,840,240 murdered. And this does not even take into account those killed in the frequent civil wars and rebellions. For this I estimate the toll as 2,456,790, or including democide, 8,852,330 murdered or killed for an average of 15.4 years of independence.
Posted by Rudy at May 23, 2006 10:23 PM
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