To Believe in the Inherent Goodness in International Humanitarianism, One Must Experience some Discomfort with its Dominance in Africa
I have been an outspoken international humanitarian actor because I believe in the inherent goodness and the value of international humanitarian systems in our world today. We need such systems, processes and actions for when our fellow global citizens and countries run into humanitarian challenges beyond their immediate capacities.
That is way I advocate for preserving and maintaining the integrity of international humanitarian system,. which includes being vocal against the coopting international humanitarian aid, action or systems into other global political agendas or abused for self-serving gains.
The current dominance and normalization of the international humanitarian approach in and on Africa is a manipulation of the original intent of international humanitarian action. This, I am against.
My vision is for Africa to rally the world to its assistance when it is faced with disaster or conflict with a humanitarian impact that subsumes its capacity to respond, temporarily. I also expect African countries to come to the aid of Europe, Asia or North America when a crisis overwhelms the capacity of affected countries in these regions.
The dominance of the current narrative of Africa as a destination of humanitarian aid and charity is a misrepresentation of the continent that camouflages and deprives the world of learning of an Africa bustling with thriving economies, where one experiences a more humane expression of the interconnectedness of humanity.
Equally tragic is that the global dominance of the aid and charity representation of Africa which presents false and forced image of Africa mainly as beneficiaries of global generosities, diverts attention from ongoing exploitation of the continent.