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In light of the recent looting of foreign shops and xenophobic attacks in Soweto, Atteridgeville and other areas within the Gauteng province of South Africa, the White Code Centre calls on South Africans to desist from such acts that go contrary to the spirit of togetherness and Ubuntu
These constant attacks on fellow Africans are a stain on South Africa's reputation as a rainbow nation which upholds and embraces the principles of human dignity
1. Mobile technologies: the region is much less dependent on land lines. In Nigeria, 19 out of 20 phones are mobile. Africans are years ahead of America in widespread texting and reading by phone. And, like much of the world, the bill is often much cheaper than in the United States.
2. Banking: years ahead of the United States, Kenya's M-Pesa network has been used by millions to pay bills, wire funds and buy food and other goods by phone.
3. Female leaders: unlike the United States, the region has elected female heads of state. Liberia and Malawi currently are led by women. Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the continent's first democratically elected female leader, was also co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
4. Long-distance running: got a marathon to run? Is it prestigious? You'd better invite the Ethiopians and Kenyans, who have dominated the international scene for decades.
5. Faster economic growth: eight African nations have among the world's 20 highest-growth rates by real gross national product, according to the CIA Handbook. They are: Libya, Sierra Leone, Niger, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Botswana and Rwanda. The United States ranks No. 133 on this list.
Source: Washington Post
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, like her other counterparts in Guinea and Sierra Leone are battling with an epidemic of enormous proportions and scary dimensions. Its not a pretty place to be. Let us feel their pulse, make this personal for each of us and lend a helping hand. If you refuse to care now, the time will come when you will be forced to! Hopefully by then, it won't be too late.
Here is an excerpt of Sirleaf's letter as shared on BBC World Service:
'Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed...'
Listen to the full content here: https://soundcloud.com/…/a-letter-to-the-world-on-ebola-fro…
And watch here a video calling on African States to do better:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGgxOZsj0M4