Saturday, July 28, 2012

since the last famine, have as many girls been butchered in ethiopia as jewish women who died in the holocaust?

independent | Last Thursday week, with famine approaching yet again, I wondered about the wisdom of forking out yet more aid to Ethiopia. Since the great famine of the mid-1980s, Ethiopia's population has soared from 33.5 million to 78 million.

Now, I do not write civil service reports for the United Nations: I write a newspaper column, and I was deliberately strong in my use of language -- as indeed I had been when writing reports from Ethiopia at the height of that terrible Famine.

I was sure that my column would arouse some hostility: my concerns were intensified when I saw the headline: "Africa has given the world nothing but AIDS." Which was not quite what I said -- the missing "almost" goes a long way; and anyway, my article was about aid, not AIDS.

Since dear old Ireland can often enough resemble Lynch Mob Central on PC issues, I braced myself for the worst: and sure enough, in poured the emails. Three hundred on the first day, soon reaching over 800: but, amazingly, 90pc+ were in my support, and mostly from baffled, decent and worried people. The minority who attacked me were risibly predictable, expressing themselves with a vindictive and uninquiring moral superiority. (Why do so many of those who purport to love mankind actually hate people so?)

We did more in Ethiopia a quarter of a century ago than just rescue children from terrible death through starvation: we also saved an evil, misogynistic and dysfunctional social system. Presuming that half the existing population (say, 17 million) of the mid 1980s is now dead through non-famine causes, the total added population from that time is some 60 million, around half of them female.

That is, Ethiopia has effectively gained the entire population of the United Kingdom since the famine. But at least 80pc of Ethiopian girls are circumcised, meaning that no less than 24 million girls suffered this fate, usually without anaesthetics or antiseptic. The UN estimates that 12pc of girls die through septicaemia, spinal convulsions, trauma and blood-loss after circumcision which probably means that around three million little Ethiopian girls have been butchered since the famine -- roughly the same as the number of Jewish women who died in the Holocaust.

4 comments:

Big Don said...

According to
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/nov/05/highereducation.research Ethiopia has the world's *LOWEST* average IQ 63 That agrees with Lynn's book (mebbe where they got it) but Lynn has Equatorial Guinea at IQ 59 which is even lower...

Big Don said...

BD's point is that you can't expect serious civilized behavior and meaningful future-time-orientation from room-temperature IQ'z.
We suspect you put these kind of things out there on the weekends to liven things up since most of the playahs here cruise from their work PC's (on company time).....

CNu said...

I honestly don't give it that much thought BD - relying instead on random drift from sundry RSS and listserve feeds. As far as your assertion about Ethiopians goes, you are aware that these people possessed high-civilization many centuries before your ancestors stopped living in caves and painting themselves blue? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_of_Ethiopia

Surely a little knowledge of history penetrates the dark and dank recesses of your racist religion?

Tom said...

PRR shows that we're all Africans, some of whom developed mutations that lightened our skin permitting survival in dim light.

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