International Development

Hurricane Harvey’s Disaster in US : A Time to Shame African Leaders

 President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, met with individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, DC – THE United States of America is a great, powerful and wealthy nation. It is a country endowed with tremendous human and natural resources. Its potential to do anything is realistically untapped. Its people are innovative, courageous, foresighted, visionary, caring and above all, charitable.

UNLIKE most rich nations on earth, the US has given to our world and to the people of every region and country than anyone can think.

From standing for human rights, women rights and social justice to promoting democracy, and advancing human development in terms of education and workforce training, access to health care and nutrition, food and physical security as well as humanitarian and disaster relief, the US and the American people have always provided leadership, care and concern.

THE most US aid to various regions around the world goes to the African continent, and all 54 countries in Africa have received or benefited from US aid either through the US State Department, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and more.

US aid to Africa is predominantly concentrated in the health and education sectors of many sub-Saharan African countries. Between 1995 and 2013 about $97.67 billion in foreign aid was committed to sub-Saharan Africa alone. Social infrastructure and services aid (48% of total aid) and humanitarian aid (26%) were the priorities.

THE point here is, no matter how wealthy, powerful and strong an individual is or group are, when disaster strikes, some degree of care and concern is anticipated from their friends and partners. So why has African leaders and government express their condolences to the U.S.?

IN recent weeks, the US state of Texas has and continues face great human challenges because of a flood disaster that has not only killed an estimated 47 people; it also devastated the entire state. The human and property destruction caused by the Harvey flood would cost billions of dollars and a prolong hardship for some Americans, many of whom are tax payers.

ALTHOUGH the United States does not expect African countries to address its humanitarian crisis in Texas and Louisiana, however; decency demands that African countries and African leaders, at least, should openly express some form of solidarity with the US government and the American people for their pains and disaster moment. Many of the Americans affected in Texas are tax payers, and their tax dollars have, over the years, been used to feed, support, develop and defend several African countries while their leaders jet around the world with stolen wealth.

IT is a shame for African leaders to be this dumb since Harvey stroke Texas, one of the largest regions in the United States. Since the flood hit Texas and Louisiana, not a single African government or leader has issued a statement of solidarity or condolence to the American people.

It is especially a shame for African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that, most recently, experienced the deadly Ebola epidemic from 2014-15 and were relieved with substantial US support and involvement to end the disaster in their respective nations, to keep mute.

Why couldn’t any African leader follow the example of Mexico?

Mexico has pledged financial support to the United States in the wake of the flood disaster in Texas. While that contribution may be insignificant, the gesture is worth a lot to every single American because it demonstrates that Mexico cares.

Yet, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries that have thousands of their citizens in the US on refugee and related status because of uncontrollable corruption, poverty, and high unemployment in the countries named, have said nothing.

Globe Afrique’s Special Observation: The three West African leaders listed below are heads of state for countries that faced one of the worse disasters (Ebola outbreak) in recent period. US government aid workers, US military and millions of US dollars were sent to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea overcome the Ebola crisis.

To date, not even one of the three leaders below has sent a letter of solidarity or condolence to the US government and the American people for the flood in Texas and Louisiana. Even a gesture of financial contribution will tell American tax payers that African nations and leaders do care. IT IS A SHAME THAT THESE AFRICAN LEADERS BELOW FORGOT THAT THE US STOOD BY THEM DURING THE EBOLA CRISIS.  NOT EVEN SIMPLE WORD OF CONDOLENCE COMES FROM THEM DURING HURRICANE HARVEY.


President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone – Shame on you!


                 President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia – Shame on you!


            President Alpha Conde of Guinea – Shame on you!

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