Dimitris Rapidis

Comment on African Jihadism

The richest, the most beautiful and resourceful continent of the World, Africa, is steadily plunged into a wide area of civil conflict and massacres, with major demand the rise into power for jihadists. The continent that has been for centuries the center of atrocities and expoitation by the European colonialism has never achieved to provide its citizens with the fundamentals: water, food, health, jobs, growth, political stability, ethnic compromises.

Mali is the latest scenery of struggle. Before -and still be or pending- were Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania in Sahel and the lower adjacent parts.Yet it is not only the religious thing; it is mainly the entire gamut of dehumiliation, the poor prospects -from population growth to water management- the nature of disaster and the fault border lines. It is also the jihadist kidnappers, the fractious politics, the meaningless demand for territorial autonomy, the insane leaderships, the routes of smuggling, the gender issues; all helplessly exposed – all hang out together in the same disastreous game of authority against the odds.

France is involved in order to secure its leverage and the resourceful areas of its ex-colonies. Britain runs up to help France militarily, but both cannot cooperate on issues of immediate concern in the European Union. The United States have been completely shaked up by the incident with their embassies in Maghreb and want to deliver power politics before it is too late. But what for actually? Why Africa cannot breathe by itself without external intervention?

The International Crisis Group delivers well-prepared and insightful reports describing the situation in the field and what steps should be followed. Nothing and nobody is heard actually and all practitiones and decision-makers or field operators other than the Africans themselves cannot guarantee even the least demanding reforms and compromises. But even then, the African leaderships and the civil society -if any existing- lack preparation, operational management and know-how, trust and reliability. Nothing to be done, nothing to be built on.

Africa will be the place of our dreamland, but never the place to visit in true sense and safety. Hopes lie with the next generations of Africans to prove the opposite. But are capable of breaking through?

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