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There's Always Hope in Africa
on 30 December 2014
An interesting, well-constructed treatise on the problems and suggested solutions which face Africa today. Maathai pulls no punches. She blames the missionaries and colonialism for a large part of Africa's ills which, considering over fifty years has passed since most African countries gained their independence, seems harsh.
But she also roundly castigates current corruption in leadership. Everybody bemoans this rampant disease which is so obvious in Africa. But nobody is willing or capable of doing anything about it. Will they ever?
The solutions, insists the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, lies in protecting and preserving the environment, emancipating women, and working from the grassroots of African society up through country leadership to international politics. A valiant aim, and a well-deserved honour, for this is exactly what Maathai is working at.
African nations must develop their own cultures and find their own way as they learn from industrialised nations, picking out the attributes which suit Africa best. There is advantage in learning by others' mistakes, and there is always hope in Africa.