Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

Poverty, civil war and political instability are words that are associated with Africa. Once there is political instability in causes a knock on effect leading to civil war which inevitably leads to poverty. I was directed theĀ  blog action day 2008 website and where bloggers, podcasters and videocasters are encouraged to give their opinions about poverty.

The site talks bout the complexity of poverty- there is always an event that takes place in a country that leads to poverty. Many Black, Colourd and Indian South African still bear the brunt of apartheid. No other country in the world institutionalised racial segregation like South Africa did. This institutionalisation created great inequalities in education and general living conditions. The effects of that inequality can be witnessed today by looking at the great number of illiterate black South Africans which has had a cyclical effect on younger generations. A lack of education reduces ones prospects of employment.

Most African countries have seen their fair share of political turmoil. Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa but in recent years the political clashes between the MDC and Zanu PF have deteriorated the countries ability to sustain itself. Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai have been butting heads trying to adopt power-sharing deal.n the mean time Zimbabweans have fled the county in search of food aid. As a result of the ever increasing interest rates and shortage of food, the black market is booming.

The mistake that African leaders have made in their countries is abusing resources andĀ  lining their own pockets instead of ensuring the well being of their fellow country men.