Ethnic Cleansing In Africa
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2004
by Linda Edwards
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Once again, the painful images of bone-thin African children and their mothers on the move fill our TV screens. The headlines shout that ethnic cleansing is going on in the Southern Sudan, and that the government of the Arab north is practising a scorched earth policy to get rid of the dark skinned people of Southern Sudan. And for a moment, we are shocked. There are pious mouthings, of course, from all the right poeple, all of whom are overweight. (Aid agencies, UN rights people and so on).
So this is news? This was documented by World News Television, Channel 366 on Direct TV, three years ago. Maybe the world's policy makers do not watch that version of reality TV.
The people, it was reported on channel 366, are having their houses burned because a Canadian oil company wants them moved from its drilling area. The company, it was reported, is financing the Sudanese government's purchase of weapons for the brown Arab soldiers of the north to kill and drive off the dark skinned Africans of the Nubian area.The Canadian company official denied it, but there was film footage to back up the TV report.
At one time, the government said it wanted to build a dam there. Professor Gates of Harvard University documented that also, that they would be flooding the pyramids of the Kushite people, and their heritage would be lost under the rising water. They were being driven off, and their civilization destroyed, in the interests of modernity. I do not know what happened to the dam proposal.
Documents unearthed from Pharonic tombs show that this sort of conflict has gone on for three thousand years. Now, however the stakes are higher. There is oil in that soil, and western greed demands that Africans be sacrificed for gas guzzling modern lifestyles. Africans are quite expendable, actually. People have been trying to wipe them out for a long time, and they always come back. The Atlantic slave trade, which cleared the coast of western Africa up to a hundrd miles inland is the most horrific example. More recently there have been civil wars in Angla, Congo, Rwanda, South Africa which wipe out, and displace, millions. These have all been attempts at ethnic cleansing, and in every case it was what was under the soil that was important. In most cases the weapons-guns- were supplied by the west, and hired mercenaries trained the population in the use of them. Child soldiers are equipped for these purposes with guns that cost more than a family's annual wages.
You see, Africa is a very important continent for modern industrialists. The mother lodes of all the world's significant minerals are there. The problem is that Africans, dark skinned people who are still not recognized as fully human by others, live on top of those minerals, and they have to be moved, these stubborn people, so that we could move ahead with the business of amassing wealth. In such a case, it is easy to finance the government of Muslim Northern Sudan to eradicate the Christian south. The two peoples do not look alike. They are distinctly different. We call the conflict by many names. It is good for the business of that Canadian oil company.
Next week, I am going to hear the UN Commissioner For Human Rights, and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson talk. Will she be concerned about this issue of three African women in the southern Sudan sharing one dress? And the stillborn children who will be expelled from their wombs due to inadequate nutrition? Maybe not. African women are so fertile, they will
Will the world pay attention to the fact that Ghanain boys, as young as six years old, living in the area of the Ashanti Gold Fields are urinating blood? Yes, pissing blood, because their vital organs are failing due to chemical pollution. This too was documented years ago by World News Television. The Ashanti Gold Fields are named for the Royal House of Ghana, but is foreign owned. Media houses should check the ownership.
Wherever African children are being forced from their homes, and dying of malnutrition and chemical poisoning, one must ask what lies under the land that they are being moved from. The answers are three: oil, gold, diamonds.
Think of this mothers of the world, as you hang that new gold chain on your neck this Mother's Day. Think of this fathers, as you drive mother to dinner at a fancy restaurant. Think of this as you give her a new ring with diamondas that are forever.
I do not say not to give the gifts. All I ask is that you think of the cost in human lives, of children, of mothers, of the unborn, of those aborted not for fashion; but because the body expels the child that is so deformed it will not live, and the child which takes too much of a toll on the nutrients it's mothers weakened body cannot provide.
This is my Mother's Day wish for all of you, in 2004. I do not mean to be kind, but to be truthful. Kindness can cloak many realities. Later, we say, "if I had known..."
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