How is it that Africa is so rich in resources and yet so poor? The question is often asked as much by Africans interested in altering the continent’s fortunes as by those intent on blaming Africans alone for the paradox.
The IMF and World Bank were involved in the sale of the mines
We write about this ‘blame Africans’ issue from time to time, eitherdirectly or indirectly, as do many others. It’s simply easier for people to blame it all on Africans because that absolves everyone else of any responsibility.
The question of how Africa can be so rich in resources yet so poor – relative to the other continents – is also central to the impressive documentary Stealing Africa by Danish film-maker Christoffer Guldbrandsen.