None of us can understand what it is like to go through what people like the Somalians are going through right now. We all feel for them and their children.
But, every few years we go through the same thing in Africa with one country or another, starving people sitting around waiting for food and water and watching their children die. We send millions of pounds every year to help them through one charity or another, but for what? Just to watch the children we saved this time grow up and have children of their own ten years later and go through the same thing again with their children.
What is the point?
If we are going to help these people then we need to change how we think about this situation, what we can put in motion to solve African famine in the future.
We only have to look on the internet now to see Desalination Plants like the Kurnell Desalination Plant in New Zealand. We only have to look for Europe’s largest Hydroponics farm at Thanet Earth in Kent, England, to see what can be grown efficiently. There are solar powered arrays all over the world like the one in Spain. To put these three together would probably cost in the region of £1500,000,000. But look how much drinking water is produced from a Desalination Plant for those without water, that could also be used in Hydroponics Greenhouses, which recycle the water they use. Powered by Solar Arrays, for which Africa I think everyone would agree, is most suited. Hydroponics can use sand and gravel as growing mediums for fruit and vegetables, there aren’t many fruits and vegetables that cannot be grown in Hydroponics.
We could begin to set these up in the African Famine Belts on the coast, training their future staff as we went. Once people are fed and watered, they can look at education, building programmes, investment opportunities from other countries. We can help them build inland Desalination Plants, sea waterways pumping water through pipelines from the oceans to inland – we do it with oil, why not water? They can set up solar arrays, hydroponics and feed themselves. Once food and water is no longer a problem in drought and famine years, they can develop their skills, and grow as countries without fear of returning to these sad times.
Why the hell won’t the World Governments begin this?
What is holding them back? Politics? Religion?
I just do not see the point in saving this generation, just to have to start all over again in five or ten years time. Until action is taken to put something like this idea in place, either these people suffer and die, or the next. It might as well be this group.
People may think this a callous view, but we are only saving this generation so the next one can suffer.
Someone please explain to me why we cannot build Desalination Plants, Solar Arrays and Hydroponics Greenhouses, teach the Africans to run them and develop them and help them expand these inland and solve the problem?