British colonialism still plays a major role in the tragedies and disasters we see in Africa today, writes Osaki Peebe Harry
Sam Akaki’s letter (Africa’s tragedies aren’t a result ofcolonialism, 28 July) is interesting, but lacks certain facts. Any careful analysis will show that British colonialism still plays a major role in the tragedies and disasters we see in Africa today. Take the migrants’ deaths in the Mediterranean, and the continued hardline policies being pursued by the British government toward migrants, and say this is not colonialism at its worst.
Today’s waves of migration are a direct result of Britain’s disastrous intervention in the ousting and killing of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. This is a fact many in the corporate and government controlled media choose to ignore. Before the disastrous events in Libya, the government and its people accommodated many migrants from all over Africa, who went to Libya to better their lives.