Africans Are Their Own Enemies


Africa is one of the most beautiful continents in the whole world. It boasts of unique wildlife, beautiful culture, traditions, precious minerals, and amazing natural scenery but on the other hand, Africans are their own enemies. Last weekend, as Rwanda was commemorating 20 years since the terrible genocide hit the country, citizens of the Central African Republic were busy butchering each other in the name of religious violence. There seems to be a scramble for blood in Africa, not because of witchcraft or other satanic rituals, but because of something that no one seems to understand at the moment.

Despite its magnificent beauty, Africa still bleeds with violence, hatred and mass deaths. By now, it seems that the only solution to inter-community conflicts in Africa is violence but this approach has always created more wounds than solving the problems at hand. Africa cannot be blamed for the bad weather in some parts of the continent, diseases or natural calamities, but Africans should be blamed for turning their own land into a battle field.

The violence between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic raises the question of whether Africans really learn from their previous mistakes or not. One might argue that a mistake does not qualify to be called one unless repeated twice but for the case of Africa, the same mistake has been repeated more than a million times.

The world is getting tired of watching Africans killing themselves and every year, leaders from across the globe gather to commemorate such sad memories of the deceased. The recent violence in South Sudan claimed more than 10,000 lives and shattered the hopes of millions. The same case applies to the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008 where 3,000 lives were lost, the violence in northern Nigeria, and the recurrent disputes in Congo.

Back to Rwanda, France had to skip the genocide commemoration event after being accused by President Paul Kagame of fueling the violence that claimed at least a million lives in 1994. The horrific genocide happened in a span of 100 days therefore meaning that more than 300,000 people were killed every month, and at least 33,000 a day. This just explains the kind of horror, injustice, pain and damage Africa is inflicting on itself.

For so many years, America, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, and other European nations have been accused of meddling into the affairs of Africa especially at a time when the continent is in a crisis. This was evident during the Black Hawk incident in Somalia in 1993 where armed militias felled two American helicopters that had been sent to quell the political crisis in the Horn of Africa.

When the world sits back and watches Africa bleeding, it is accused of neglect and when it steps in to help, it is accused of interference. The best thing for Europe to do now is to sit back and watch Africa solving such problems its own way, whether violently or not. Europe should now focus on European affairs and let Africa take care of African affairs.

By the time Africa realizes that not every problem is solved with violence and genocides, maybe only two Africans, a male and a female, would be alive to witness the horror left behind by the mass killings. Then the two survivors will swear to learn from the past, unite and give birth to a new generation of Africans who believe that violence is not always the solution to political, economic or social problems. However, instead of waiting for the new generation to take over, the current one should wake up and realize that they are their own enemies.

Opinion By Andrew Wandola



BBC News



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