So glad to hear of success stories. We need more people and initiatives like this one. The goat solution is wonderful as it addresses the needs of the people in a way that helps the chimps as well. Thank you for this article and kudos to Carolina Asiimwe.
The challenges the people of these areas and surrounding areas face are widely varied. What doesn’t change is the critical need for funding. While the following might be hard to swallow, especially for those countries that paved the way for their future based on profit derived from these exports, we need to restore the rights of the African people. Specifically oil, gas and mineral rights. These mineral rights “stolen or leased” from the inhabitants of this land Many countries have enjoyed rapid advancement and a better way of life but it was made much much easier for those individual countries with the riches looted from the African continent. It seems we are very capable of overlooking our own inhumanity as we better ourselves. Almost as if we wore blinders, but we haven’t that excuse. Many of us are so wrapped up in ourselves or other events that we fail to recognize our own xenophobic history, actions and reactions. We do little to demonstrate those traits we like to claim define us as “human”. So what might we do to change this? What might we do to precipitate change? We might start by giving these indigenous peoples or the peoples who have claim to this land through ancestry their mineral rights that were stolen long ago. Give the African continent and it’s rightful inhabitants control of the proceeds of their GDP. Put an end to leaching it through outdated European Oil & Gas Leases forced upon people without the means to refuse. Leases signed without proper council or representation in a time when people likely were incapable of understanding the gravity of their decisions. Not all of Africa has vast mineral deposits and things that may support them but the places that do should have what was and should rightfully be theirs.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Mining is the primary industry of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also. In 2009, the DRC had over $24 million in mineral deposits including the largest coltan reserve and huge amounts of cobalt. The DRC also has large copper, diamond, gold, tantalum and tin reserves, and over a million tons of lithium as estimated by the American geological survey. In 2011, according to the latest data, there were over 25 international mining firms in the DRC.
We cannot solve all of the worlds problems but we can undo injustice. Stealing the natural resources of another country is wrong. The only real hope for these regions is in self-rule while exercising self control. They must be responsible for their future by their own actions. We are not better. Maybe wiser in certain respects but that is the road we’ve chosen. Give them choices, let them bare those responsibilities for these decisions. Sometimes all a person needs is a bit of responsibility to see the path to a brighter future. Many wrongs might be made better by simply restoring the ability of the African peoples to support themselves and some of their reconstruction ideas.
We applaud the work of fellow female veterinarian Caroline Asiimwe’s work and wish her and her team all the best luck and good fortune. She makes a true difference in our world!
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