Ebola Crisis: How Many Africans Must Die Before the World Acts?
August 2, 2019
Today is the one-year anniversary second eruption of Ebola in sub-Saharan Africa in five years. On August 1, 2018, an outbreak of Ebola was declared in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), when four cases of Ebola in town of Mangina were verified. After 426 cases of Ebola were confirmed, the World Health Organization-(WHO) on November 29, declared this to be the second largest outbreak of Ebola in history. The largest outbreak was from 2014-2016 in West Africa that caused 11,310 deaths. By May 3, of this year over 1,000 human beings had perished from Ebola. As of June 4, the number of cases exceeded 2,000. Yet, it wasn’t until July 17, 2019, after more than 1600 people had died from this deadly disease that the WHO declared a “public health emergency of international concern”. This declaration by the WHO is far short of what is required to combat this killer disease. To date, there are 2,593 infected with Ebola and more than 1,770 have died, according to the The New Humanitarian on line journal.
The fear of Ebola spreading to the city of Goma, a transportation center with a population of 2 million, bordering Rwanda, was realized on July 14, with Goma’s first confirmed case. July 30, health officials confirmed a second case, unrelated to the first. However, on August 1, two additional cases were discovered, of relatives to the second deceased, thus establishing the transmission of Ebola in Goma itself, as reported by AP. Thursday, BBC News reported that the border between Goma and its neighbor Rwandan city, Gisenyi, was closed in response. On June 11, Uganda reported the first of two deaths cause by Ebola.
The WHO should declare a full international health emergency, not “a matter of concern.” Although the WHO does not have the resources to fully combat this latest outbreak of Ebola, such a declaration would sound the alarm. This could mobilize international institutions like the World Bank, United Nations et al, along with forcing western nations to act. However, for such an emergency declaration to be issued more Africans must die to meet the criteria of at least 20 deaths in several countries. For now, the world is watching, as Ebola murders more and more Africans. The government of the DRC should also be making appeals to the rest of the world, including Russia and China, who have indicated their willingness to help, if approached officially by the DRC. A full scale emergency mobilization could potentially provide the impetus to expand the healthcare capacity of sub-Saharan Africa, which is urgently needed.
There is no time to waste. The population of the DRC exceeds 70 million, and it has one of the weakest infrastructure systems in the world. Is Africa, and the rest of the world willing to gamble with thousands, if not tens of thousands or more, lives?
The article below, by Debra Freeman, a public health specialist, provides a good overview of the Ebola crisis. She concludes:
“…stopping this latest outbreak and others like it requires more than vaccines and short-term measures…eradicating the threat of this most deadly of viruses, and others that may emerge in Africa, requires nothing less than an international crash-program mobilization to provide adequate economic conditions (sanitation, water, power, housing) along with the development and implementation of a first-class public health system.”
Read entire article: Ebola: World Health Emergency
Not Fit For Public Office: Defeat Susan Rice For Her Genocide in Africa
December 1, 2012
Two of the clearest cases where Rice’s policies led to the deaths of millions, the weakening of nations’ sovereignty, are the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), and Sudan, the two largest nations on the continent, before the break-up of Sudan in 2011. Rice’s policies resulted in permanent destabilization of the Great Lakes region and parts of the Horn of Africa.
Genocide in the Horn of Africa is A Crime Against Humanity
November 23, 2011
Genocide in Africa is the intention of the financial empire presently headquartered in the City of London, along with its junior partner on Wall Street. Since the extension of the British East India Company through its various subsidiaries into Africa for more than two centuries, the Empire’s policy, right up to the present, has remained the same: Loot the resources and kill off the “excess” black population. For the last several decades, its control over the continent has been primarily through financial consortiums, commodities cartels, assassinations, and the almost “pre-determined” set-piece activation of ethnic-religious warfare
Genocide: Millions Dead in Congo
December 24, 2004
Genocide: The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national or racial group
A just-released report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) documents that the worst case of ongoing genocide anywhere on the planet is occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R. Congo). Only the Nazi-implemented holocaust against the Jewish people was more horrific, although the number of deaths in the D.R. Congo may turn out to be greater. The IRC’s report, “Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Results from a Nationwide Survey,” painfully documents 3.8 million preventable deaths in excess of normal mortality, over the six-year period 1998-2004. That is most likely an underestimate, according to Dr. Rick Brennan, who presented the survey in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 10.
Africa Suffers Far Worse Than Food Crisis
July 26, 2002
Africa is in the throes of the worst crisis it has faced since the 1960s “Winds of Change,” when nationalist movements emerged to force the colonialists to take down their flags. As the combined food and AIDS crisis striking the African continent today demonstrates, despite the removal of occupying troops, the colonialist looting polices are still firmly in place. At a recent Washington press conference of Ambassadors to the United States from Southern Africa, Malawi’s Tony Kandireo called the food shortage affecting Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the “worst food shortage crisis in over half a century.”
Upwards of 13 million inhabitants of those six countries face starvation due to a cereal deficit of approximately 4 million metric tons (mts). This alone would qualify as a humanitarian emergency, but when added to the devastating effects the spread of AIDS across Sub-Saharan Africa, conservatively estimated at 30 million infected, a process of population reduction is in effect—truthfully called a policy of genocide
WAR ON AFRICA; CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR), FRANCE SENDS TROOPS TO CAR UNDER PRETEXT OF SECURING FRENCH CITIZENS
Lawrence Freeman hands British establishment propagandist Nigel West a grand defeat by simply stating historical facts. West claims a title of “Military Historian”, but his version of history should better title him “British Colonial Mythologist”. This blatant propaganda about the goodness and innocence of British, French, and US “humanitarian interventions” into crises that they themselves create is simply laughable.
France has sent 600 troops into CAR and has “secured the airport”. No mention of France fighting the invading rebels, so it sounds like France accepts and/or participated in the overthrow of their former puppet Francois Bozize, who had asked France for help in January, but was denied.
2013.3.26 ‘US Applies Genocide Policy In Africa’ (Lawrence Freeman Vs. Nigel West) (PressTV, youtube.com):
Genocide policy plaguing entire Africa: Freeman
BY PRESSTV.COM | LAST UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 – 4:50:13 PM
A political analyst says poverty and hunger continue to plague the entire African continent due to the “genocide policy” exercised by countries like the United States and Britain, Press TV reports.“The international global financial system itself, run by the city of London and Wall Street, they don’t want Africans to live. They want to reduce the population. The genocide policy is continuing in Africa over these many decades,” Lawrence Freeman, Africa Desk at Executive Intelligence Review, told Press TV on Oct. 12.
The analyst further argued that the global financial system refuses to make any investment aimed at eliminating hunger and malnourishment in Africa, saying, “We are making a decision to kill people rather than build infrastructure in water, energy, rail transportation and agriculture that could feed people.”
Mr. Freeman further pointed to the views of “Malthusian extremists” who believe that “the world is overpopulated,” adding that “numerous statements” by Britain’s royal family suggest that they have similar ideas.
On Oct. 12, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that over 360 children under the age of five lost their lives due to malnutrition in the West African nation of Niger during the first nine months of this year.
The deaths are the latest caused by the malnutrition crisis in Niger and elsewhere in Africa, with poverty being the main reason behind the crisis.
Malnutrition continues to take more lives in Africa, with children still being the main victims of the lack of essential food.
This situation has continued unabated, despite warnings by charity groups and their demand for further donations to help resolve the problem. Several charity groups have also urged world powers to take action, instead of making mere commitments to eradicate poverty.