Summer of Siege For West Africa as Discontent Shakes Streets –

Mali collapses after a coup, Guinea fumbles an election, Ivory Coast loses legitimacy.  What is happening in West Africa?

It has been a hot summer in the capitals of Africa’s west coast. Authority has been challenged — in the streets, by ambush at night, with stones or guns in broad daylight — and the governments have struck back with their customary heavy hand. Regardless of whether those governments are considered legitimate by outside observers and governments, as in the case of Guinea and Ivory Coast, or suspect, as with Togo and Gabon, it has been a summer of siege.

Political evolution on the continent’s western side is often a series of eruptions: order appears to be established, and then the volcano explodes again. In Togo and Gabon, the levers of power have long seemed immutable, dominated by the same families for decades. In Guinea and Ivory Coast, both on the mend after years of upheaval, democratic order seemed to arrive at last only recently. But all of these nations bubble with uncertainty beneath the surface. Western donors and officials who visit the West African capitals to offer congratulations on stability — the new World Bank president was in Abidjan, the Ivorian commercial capital, last week — should be warned: their compliments may be premature.

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  1. The thing we need to realize is that Africa ( or any developing country) is not going to do well just because of aid and the UN helping by providing refugees with food. Yes, it is important to provide refugees and people living in extreme poverty with food and other basic needs and UN is making it’s best efforts in accomplishing that, but real change in Africa can only occur if Africans are given “proper” education starting from their childhood and other economic opportunities that would help them to be economically independent.

    In order to attain economic independence, millions of small home businesses and start ups need to rise up and produce goods and services. This will boost the internal trade within the country and which, with the passage of time will turn into a robust international economy. But before people will start establishing businesses there needs to be security and trust among the people.

    The main problem in all of the developing world is the lack of trust people have in their own country and fellow countrymen. The situation has been worse because of the uneducated, ill-indoctrinated, irresponsible and corrupt leaders who have not been able to drag the mentality of the countrymen from being pessimistic to being hopeful and positive for the future and working together to achieve that. A country is good not because of itself but because of the people living in it and how they think.

    All we need in Africa are great leaders who don’t think about themselves but about other fellow Africans but who are also willing to move the country together happily ahead with the rest of the world and all this is going to be possible through education, inspiration, hard work and cooperation.

    At the spur of the moment, smuggling of weapons in Africa is the prime reason for its instability, the UN needs to crack down on this issue.

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