Many people wonder why Africa is backward despite being rich in mineral, natural, and human resources.
The continent is a key territory on the global map – super-rich in oil and natural resources. This puts Africa at a strategic position yet poverty is alarming in Africa.
Africa is the world’s fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment. It has approximately 30 percent of the earth’s remaining mineral resources.
With over 50 countries and around 2,000 languages, Africa has six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies.
There are vast oil and natural gas deposits in North Africa, the Sahara has the most strategic nuclear ore, and resources such as coltan, gold, and copper, among many others, are abundant on the continent.
The region is full of promise and untapped riches – from oil and minerals and land to vast amounts of people capital – yet, the people are stressed and oppressed.
However, one unpopular angle Africa hardly explores the spiritual angle to its struggle. It has been theorised that Africa has a dark past rooted in idolatry and unGodly acts. Could this be the problem?
The video below explores this under-researched angle – must-watch.
HOW IDOLATORY KEEP AFRICA IN POVERTY
The World Bank says the International Poverty Line refers to those who have less than 1.25 US dollars a day to live on.
Also, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) sets various indicators in its Human Development Index (HDI) to measure poverty globally. They are: life expectancy at birth; average school attendance period; expected school attendance period as well and per capita income.
It is evident that education is closely linked to poverty according to the United Nations as those who can not read and write have little chance of getting a skilled job and build their livelihood.
In the annual report on human development published by the United Nations (UN), African countries such as Malawi, Liberia, Burundi, Eritrea, Chad, Sierra Leone and Niger are regularly in last place in terms of educational development.
POVERTY INDICATORS IN AFRICA: SOS-USA.ORG
Extreme poverty leads to hunger in Africa: More than a quarter of the hungry in the world live on the African continent. One-fifth of people living in Africa is considered malnourished. This gives the continent the highest rate of malnourished people worldwide.
More than 30 percent of African children suffer from growth disorders such as stunting due to their chronic malnutrition. This disease causes physical and mental underdevelopment in children.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest infant mortality. On average, one in 11 children dies before his fifth birthday.
Three of the four countries with the highest infant mortality worldwide are on the African continent: Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya.
In addition to complications at birth and malnutrition, there are diseases such as pneumonia, diarrheal diseases and malaria, which lead to the early death of many children.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 59 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 work instead of playing and going to school. They fight poverty for their families. In Africa, every fifth child is cheated out of childhood and forced into child labor.
25 million Africans are infected with the HIV virus, including approximately 2.9 million children. Many have lost one or even both parents and live as AIDS orphans on the street.