Africa Great Lakes Democracy Watch

Welcome to
Africa Great Lakes Democracy Watch Blog. Our objective is to promote the institutions of democracy,social justice,Human Rights,Peace, Freedom of Expression, and Respect to humanity in Rwanda,Uganda,DR Congo, Burundi,Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya,Ethiopia, and Somalia. We strongly believe that Africa will develop if only our presidents stop being rulers of men and become leaders of citizens. We support Breaking the Silence Campaign for DR Congo since we believe the democracy in Rwanda means peace in DRC. Follow this link to learn more about the origin of the war in both Rwanda and DR Congo:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Western Reporter Like Misportraying Africa With Negative Images

Map showing European claimants to the African ...Image via Wikipedia
By Cloud Tissa

“America (europe etc..) only see and read about war, famine, HIV/AIDS, depleted economies, and all sorts of awful things, as if the continent is on fire. Where is the fire?” (James Michira)

....this is a note i read on Peace Fm online website and i like the points adressed on it and thought of sharing the note with you all.....

Africa is a continent with 53 individual countries. Sadly, it is often viewed and presented by Western society as if it is one large country. This misconception ignores the fact that Africa has many diverse people with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. There are numerous African languages and hundreds of dialects.

Africa is the second largest continent, in the world. This is in both population and land. Many people in Western societies display a lack of knowledge about the African continent and hold negative views about the continent. Most of these people have never visited Africa and probably planned not to do so because of the negative images presented of Africa as a starved poor continent. Though they have never visited this continent they hold views that seems only true to them through the media’s presentation of Africa.

Africa is associated with negative views to the western world such as poverty, AIDS, hunger stricken, politically unstable, corruption and rampant diseases. People in western society usually view people from this continent as uncivilized, savage, and incapable of governing themselves. They have depicted the continent to be dependant on the “developed” countries.

On the one hand, the western media fails to note that the underlying causes of famine in some parts of the continent are due to drought, which is a natural disaster. This plays a vital role because livestock and farming products decline dramatically during droughts. Also, the intervention of the western society refugee camps constitutes to this image of hunger. However, these western powers come in with their own interests such as exploiting victimized countries and unfair trade policies. These trades place a huge amount of the profit into the hands of the western powers.

Additionally, the image of Africa as a wild jungle is one of annoyance. Being born in Ghana, I do not recollect ever coming in contact with a lion or any wild animals. I do not recollect being friends with any wild animals. However, there are numerous documentaries that devote all their attention to the wild side of Africa, which are referred to as “safari”. As a result some people think that is all Africa is about. It is imperative to note that the African continent has more than wilderness, famine and hunger.

Also, people often forget that it was colonization that caused most of these stigmas to the continent’s name. Before colonization, Africa had great resources. It was a rich continent, one that still carries many natural resources. However, during colonization most of the resources were taken from the continent to make the now western society look the way it is now. The western societies after taking most of the resources from Africa left it in a haste and unstable condition.

The Western powers continue to exploit the African continent. They have supported some undemocratic governments for the exploitation of Africa’s natural resources, such as gold, cocoa, oil and so on. Up until today, it is important to note that when a natural resource is found somewhere in an African country, a western company is quick to get there and exploit once again. If the western countries were given a chance they would re-colonize the African continent again.

All efforts must be taken, individually to correct the mispresentation of the African continent. The private sector and governments will not take such an action because they are profit driven. The media always makes it seem as though Africa faces extinction unless the Western society comes to save it. However, as an individual, whose roots go back to the continent of Africa, it is important to take a stand for the continent because it holds the toil and blood of your parents. Western powers will continue to divulge the continent and disgrace its name for profit and more profit.

NOW WAKE UP PEOPLE, don't be manipulated
Read the Book Called: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Enhanced by Zemanta


oakleyses said...

ray ban outlet, prada handbags, tory burch outlet online, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet online, coach purses, coach outlet, christian louboutin outlet, kate spade outlet, burberry outlet online, christian louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, nike free, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet store, jordan shoes, red bottom shoes, louis vuitton outlet online, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet online, coach outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton handbags, oakley vault, oakley sunglasses, gucci handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany and co jewelry, prada outlet, louis vuitton outlet, chanel handbags, louis vuitton, kate spade outlet online, nike air max, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, nike outlet, nike air max, true religion, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton outlet, coach outlet store online, michael kors handbags, tiffany jewelry

oakleyses said...

vans pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, air max pas cher, longchamp, louis vuitton pas cher, converse pas cher, hollister, nike free pas cher, nike roshe, nike air max, mulberry, louis vuitton uk, ralph lauren, michael kors canada, air jordan, air max, chaussure louboutin, tn pas cher, lacoste pas cher, true religion jeans, true religion outlet, barbour, sac louis vuitton, ralph lauren pas cher, oakley pas cher, new balance pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, burberry pas cher, michael kors uk, ray ban uk, hermes pas cher, north face pas cher, longchamp pas cher, hollister, nike roshe run, north face, louis vuitton, timberland, nike air force, lululemon, sac vanessa bruno, nike free, guess pas cher, ray ban pas cher, scarpe hogan, sac michael kors

oakleyses said...

wedding dresses, mac cosmetics, soccer shoes, soccer jerseys, canada goose outlet, insanity workout, canada goose, p90x workout, abercrombie and fitch, longchamp, nfl jerseys, ugg soldes, instyler ionic styler, giuseppe zanotti, canada goose outlet, reebok shoes, ghd, herve leger, nike huarache, ugg outlet, bottega veneta, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags, ferragamo shoes, ugg, canada goose outlet, babyliss, mcm handbags, uggs outlet, asics shoes, north face jackets, lululemon outlet, north face jackets, hollister, marc jacobs outlet, replica watches, valentino shoes, uggs on sale, birkin bag, uggs outlet, nike roshe, vans outlet, chi flat iron, new balance outlet, nike trainers, beats headphones, ugg boots, mont blanc pens, ugg boots

oakleyses said...

moncler outlet, wedding dress, supra shoes, uggs canada, louboutin, coach outlet, canada goose, air max, ugg, lancel, moncler, converse, moncler outlet, louis vuitton canada, thomas sabo uk, moncler, pandora charms, canada goose, juicy couture outlet, links of london uk, swarovski uk, replica watches, juicy couture outlet, moncler, nike air max, swarovski jewelry, timberland shoes, montre femme, hollister, oakley, moncler, hollister clothing, ray ban, hollister canada, pandora uk, vans, pandora jewelry, baseball bats, ralph lauren, gucci, parajumpers outlet, converse shoes, moncler, canada goose pas cher, iphone 6 case, karen millen, canada goose, toms outlet