From Lammi from Liberia:
A few days ago I listened to a BBC World Have Your Say broadcast which centered on the botched attempt by the pop star Madonna to adopt another Malawian child.
The main view expressed by guests on the show was that it is wrong to remove children from their cultural and racial spaces because, among other things, it makes them to lose their core values – something that no human being should be made to suffer.
While those people’s reasons are understandable, I did not help but note that their views smacked of ungratefulness of people, who with hindsight have decided to demonize something that may have well save them from the clutches of poverty, famine, war, pestilence, etc.
I agree, though with their view that unscrupulous people who are engaged in people trafficking should not be allowed to continue their trade unhindered. But this should not be confused with the kind of adoption that done through the legal process.
Sitting from their positions of relative luxury in the west, these people can afford to talk down on the idea of providing people – in this case – vulnerable children the option of a better life away from the hell-holes they have for home in Africa.
If given the chance, probably all of Africa’s population would escape the continent because of the drudgery of a life that the vast majority of them are subjected in its many nations.
The continent does not provide its people an equal opportunity to strive for success. So as a result of this, many of its people especially the youths are prepared to subject themselves to the risks associated with illegal migration.
If you have every being to a visa interview at a western embassy, you would not fail to notice the mixed emotions that accompany the granting or denial of visa requests.
Those who are granted the visa are so elated that it is like they have received a free pass to heaven, while on the other hand the people who are refused are as dejected as if they have been dealt a terrible life ending body blow.
I live in Africa and must stress that I do not believe that migration to the west is the solution of the continent’s myriad of problem, but equally I do not fault those that risk their lives to board rickety boats just to make it to the west. I guess it is our different value system.
I have been to Europe and the United States several times, but not once have I considered the option of becoming an illegal alien in any of these places, despite the urgings of friends and family simply because I think I am of more use staying in my native Liberia then residing in Europe or the United States.
But not-with-stand this view of mine, I am appalled by extend of the squalor that I encounter everyday in my own country.
People are forced to live in the most despicable unpleasantness, while those who are the leaders live in a kind of opulence that is unimaginable.
Some, in fact most of the people can barely afford a single meal a day. People live and children grow up in conditions that even animals in the developed world would not be allowed to live in.
Can anyone look at these extremely bad conditions an conclude that a little child is best left exposed to them, then live in a better condition in another country even if it means that the child would be assimilated into another culture? I guess not!