[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Africa needs helpNowadays, Africa’s poverty issue has become a priority for global society. The G-8 organization of industrialized countries canceled debts for many African nations. Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain wants to double Western aid to Africa by 2010, and the United Nations’ Commision for Africa wants $25 billion in funding.
Would this help? This question arises as two important statistics, life expectancy and per capita income actually declined in Africa in the past three decades. Aid is helpful, yet the point is how it is spent. Rather than pouring money into developing countries, it is beneficial to help the poor build stable infrastructure. As a result, the aid will directly reach civilians who are in desperate need of help. Then living standards will at last be improved.
by Suh Yeh Jin