Posts / November 25, 2007

The Great African Scandal

Everyone should watch this video, shocking and realistic look how the rice and chocolate we eat and the gold we wear, effects the lives of those in Africa, and unfair trade practices of World Bank and International Monetary Fund are leaving country like Gana rich in resources, in poverty.

Academic Robert Beckford visits Ghana to investigate the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold and why, 50 years after independence, a country so rich in natural resources is one of the poorest in the world. He discovers child labourers farming cocoa instead of attending school and asks if the activities of multinationals, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have actually made the country’s problems worse.

At the end of the documentary Robert has great quote saying

I believe there needs to be a new war of independences for Africa. In this new war, the soldiers are the consumers like you and me. This new war isn’t about a military struggle….‘trade justice for Africa’