Dobbo - Member
That's a pathetic and low comment.
This is a pathetic and low comment ....... your comment in your original post :
"the average number of children per family is greater than 6 in Somalia plus people living longer, the reason they have large families is to even out loses from famine, disease etc. If you don't have these natural deaths wouldn't the population become out of control for the land? "
It's just a cheap shot at people living in third world countries. It implies that their problems are purely of their own doing and that it stems from the fact that they "breed" too much. Which of course very conveniently absolves wealthy nations from any responsibility and therefore also any guilt.
Famine in Somalia has nothing to do with over-population and everything to do with poverty. Somalia is a large country (larger than most countries in the world) and with a population of less than 10 million. Its population growth rate is 1.6% per annum - 70 countries across the world have a greater population growth rate than Somalia.
If the Somalian people were wealthy they could easily import all the food required to sustain their small population. Plus of course if the wealthy nations didn't steal Somalian fishing stocks, due to the fact that Somalia has no navy and coast guard, then that would undoubtedly also help, needless to say.
Somalia is in the situation it is in today precisely because of the activities of wealthy nations, not because of the actions of the Somalian people who are witnessing their children die of hunger. The overriding aim of wealthy nations is to keep poor nations poor. Wealthy nations have fought colonial wars against the Somalian people, and have fought against each other in Somalia. Not only militarily, but also ideologically.
And Somalia is still paying the price of meddling by wealthy nations. The Islamists who are contributing so much to the misery which the country is experiencing were initially armed, trained, and financed, by the West.
We have a responsibility for where Somalia is today, quite apart from our indisputable moral responsibility to those in desperate need. But of course you don't want to hear that, preferring instead to point an accusing finger as you castigate them for the number of children they have, and to dismiss the tragedy of human beings dying of hunger with talk of "natural cycles", as you sit on your fat overfed arse behind a computer....... ffs.