For­eign aid dry­ing up – and Europe is not the promised land

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Sandile Ntuli

IN SEARCH of a bet­ter to­mor­row, des­per­ate African na­tion­als criss-cross from one coun­try to the next in or­der to gain pas­sage to Europe.

This level of des­per­a­tion is not an odd­ity in to­day’s world − just ask the swelling num­ber of refugees and mi­grants.

The Sa­hara Desert claims the lives of many who at­tempt to cut through its in­hos­pitable ter­rain in an at­tempt to es­cape the tra­vails of Africa via the Libyan coast­line, bound for Europe.

Des­per­a­tion takes on a whole new mean­ing when these peo­ple risk life and limb to travel to “the promised land” − Europe − on a rub­ber dinghy, courtesy of equally des­per­ate smug­glers.

The ex­o­dus out of Africa il­lus­trates that Africa is in trou­ble. For­eign aid from the West that for so long has been the lifeblood of some African states, is dry­ing up fast. With 65 mil­lion dis­placed peo­ple in the world, hu­man­ity is faced with a huge predica­ment.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, the grass is not greener on the other side of the Mediter­ranean as Europe bat­tles ter­ror­ism and eco­nomic un­cer­tainty, too. Jo­han­nes­burg

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