Day 5: Policies formulated by capitalist super power states unjust & unfair to developing nations
Thursday January 25 2007
Western capitalists chided over exploitation of young economies By JOHN KORIR
Lobby groups representing various global organisations intensified their campaigns for social justice yesterday at the World Social Forum taking place at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The activists drawn from across the world staged numerous demonstrations and voiced their concerns.
The placard-waving demonstrators unleashed a scathing attack on the western capitalists for exploiting young economies and demanded equitable distribution of resources.
The social groups said all human beings were equal and that justice and fair play in all spheres of life across the world should be maintained.
They further complained that policies being formulated by the so-called super power states were unjust and unfair to other developing nations of the world.
“We want a just world where all people can access basic needs with ease. As it is some people are being treated as if they are lesser human beings” chanted the activists.
They lamented that the “Big boys” from the Western world have over the years exploited the least developed countries by dictating unpalatable terms and conditions.
They protested against adoption of trade agreements such as the Economic Partnership Agreements ( EPAS) and other trade treaties which, they said, were exploiting the young democracies.
The social groups called on the least developed countries to safeguard their markets and resist any attempt to be forced into committing themselves into what they termed as dangerous trade treaties.
Day 5: Malaria and poverty inseparable issues for Africa
Kenya Times -- Thursday January 25 2007
Malaria eradication key to poverty fight in Africa
By HENRY NEONDO, EMMANUEL ONYANGO
A member of the Global Health Advocates based in the United Kingdom yesterday said there is no tackling of poverty in Africa unless delegates at the World Social Forum discuss the issue of malaria.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, Louis da Gama said fighting malaria was fundamental in fighting poverty in Africa as nothing else constitutes the face of poverty in Africa like malaria.
“The biggest problem in relation to poverty in Africa is to fight malaria yet no one is discussing how this should be reduced,” rued da Gama.
He said many people in Africa spend their meagre earnings buying drugs, adding that each Government in Africa spends 40 per cent of their income fighting malaria alone.
“If this money were not spent on malaria, it would have gone to wealth creation and the general wellbeing of Africans,” he said.
Da Gama said the efforts of fighting poverty would be all crap if delegates at the WSF do not set a day or session to address malaria, which alone would make Africa meet three or four Millennium Development Goals.
He said delegates at the WSF should call for and offer practical help to governments in Africa, which include having children and pregnant women sleep under treated bednets, clinics with drugs, indoor residual spraying.
A commitment of US$ 1-2 million by each Government would be nothing compared to the loss incurred by these Governments.
In Kenya, a child dies every 5 seconds of malaria and the ministry of Health says between 30 to 50 per cent of all bed occupancy in hospitals is due to malaria.
Meanwhile, Somalia delegates attending the forum yesterday criticised the Kenyan Government for denying entry to Somalia refugees fleeing from the conflict in their country.
The delegates said Kenya’s closure of its borders was “a contradiction to the international law” and one which should be censured by the international community.
They further called on the World Social Forum to raise their voices against the present occupation of Somalia by Ethiopian troops.
“We would like to ask the forum to support opposition to foreign troops who have invaded Somalia,” said Asad Abdulahhi of the Somalia Civil Society (SCS).
He added: “ As seen before, the Somalia civilians have suffered the most since Kenya, in contradiction to international law, closed the border for refugees.”
The Somalia later joined delegates from Palestine and Lebanon to condemn United States’ war against terror.