“Fifty years, and billions of dollars in post-colonial international aid have doe little to lift Africa from chronic poverty. African societies are crippled societies. You can’t keep these people living on handouts, because that doesn’t change their lives.”
– Eritrea’s President explaining to the World Bank why he was rejecting their $200M aid package.
The government and people of Eritrea refuse to play the role of victim that Western governments and aid corporations want them to. Eritrea is refusing “aid” with all its strings, and attempting to build self-reliance. It’s not going along with the bankers’ plans. (See 21 Years And Counting: Eritrea’s Independent Path Towards Sustainable Development, Peace & Cooperation for more on this). You may think that the role of organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is philanthropy, or campaigning to improve people’s lives. Getting money from corrupt governments to do their dirty work isn’t something many people think should be on their agendas, but that’s what happens.