My previous posting, SA Farmers wanted in the Congo, has reference.
The Afrikaans National newspaper, Rapport, published a full page warning this Sunday, 22 February 2009, with the bold headlines “BEWARE OF THE CONGO”.
Last month the Republic of the Congo approached Agri SA with an invitation to consider the possibility of farming in the fertile and depopulated rural areas of the country. According to Agri SA, they are being flooded with numerous queries from farmers who have shown an interest in this proposition.
This Sunday, journalist Willem Pelser reminded readers about the shocking events that occurred when political instability in the region eventually led to war during late1996 and 1997. South African farmers had hardly settled in the area when teenage rebels armed with AK-47 assault rifles started plundering their households and terrorizing farm workers. The farmers and their families were forced to flee for their lives losing everything in the process.
How many history lessons does it take before the Whiteman will eventually realize that Africa is a hostile, savage place, occupied mostly by hostile savages who prey on the weak and vulnerable, --- and I’m not referring to lions and leopards here?
If you’re reading this and your skin colour happens to be black AND you are working for a living, then the chances are pretty good that you are NOT a savage, ---- so don’t get all uptight now just because you’re Black!
There are innumerable examples in recent history of how men, in search for peace and tranquility, have inhabited and developed a depopulated or scarcely populated area. The few local folk in the vicinity usually welcomed these farmers who provided them with work, food and the opportunity to advance their standard of living. As soon as everything was in place, when the cattle were fat and the fertile soil yielded its first crops, the savages moved in to destroy, plunder and murder. The White farmer is eventually outnumbered and forced to flee leaving everything including his blood sweat and tears behind. The savages have no desire to utilize or maintain any of the stolen equipment or existing stock to continue farming on the land. That would be classified as “work”. They simply take what they need to survive for a week, a month or maybe a year, and if they cannot get the local government, or some other organization to sponsor them, they will simply move on to murder and plunder again. The local “non-savage” inhabitants who are left behind are the ones that usually suffer the most. They are the ones that are terrorized, raped and murdered by the numbers. Africa’s history is drenched with the blood of these people.
But despite all these lessons from our past, Africa still has this magical ability to attract adventurous souls to its deepest interior. It is not only the prospect of yielding a bumper crop from the rich fertile soil that attracts farmers, but also the abundance of water, unpolluted air, peaceful silence, spectacular sunsets, the wild game on your doorstep, cheap labour, etc. The list can go on and on…….
I’ve seen from personal experience, time and time again, how these folk’s dreams have been shattered overnight. I can still hear the folk bragging about the fact that they don’t need burglar bars and high fences like us “stadsjapies” (city dwellers). The only intruders that are a bit pesky are the flies and mosquitoes. I can still see their bullet riddled bodies, slashed flesh and blood-drenched clothing on the many crime scenes I’ve visited over the years, but ----- the cycle keeps repeating itself. “Maybe this time it will be safe. Maybe this time it will all work out. Maybe the government will protect us! Next year, if the harvest is good I’ll build an electric fence!”
If the desire to go farming in the Republic of the Congo becomes such and irresistible urge, then my advice is to move in great numbers in a show of force and power that will make the savages of Africa think twice before they pounce. Even then your safety is not guaranteed 100%. You’ll still need weapons of self-defense, high fences, vicious dogs, you name it, -- anything to show the savage that you re not weak and vulnerable! An evacuation plan will also be an essential thing to have in place, just in case you need to depart in haste.
Original Image of crop, courtesy of http://allaboutorganic.org/images/crops.jpg
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