The Empire in Africa

On March 23, 1991 a civil war broke out in Sierra Leone for one reason: to reclaim its wealth from foreign corporations. Sierra Leone is a small country off the coast of West Africa. Its land is rich in natural resources, enough to have made it one of the richest countries in the world. But because these resources have been mismanaged and exploited for centuries, Sierra Leone is, in fact, the poorest country on Earth. Who is responsible for this? Watch this documentary and find out.

The obvious result of this exploitation is extreme poverty. Over 70% of the population is classified as poor—the majority surviving on less than $1.00 a day— while a handful of the country’s citizens are very, very rich. There is no middle class.

In the 1980s when survival became extremely difficult, the RUF was born: Revolutionary United Front. The sole purpose of this group was to revamp the system and redistribute the country’s wealth.

In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country. In order to gain control they used powerful cluster bombs, executions, amputations, torture, and especially manipulation of the international media. Teenagers and children were forced to join the militia and the number of civilian casualties sky-rocketed.

Malnutrition increased and as a result exacerbated a host of other diseases. The atrocities committed right before the watchful eye of the international media are beyond description as entire villages were demolished within seconds. It was literally overkill.

This became one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century. But why did so many have to die before measure were taken to resolve the issue and lead all parties into peace talks? Is it true that international laws are enforced only when they serve the interest of international powers? Analyze the answers to these and many other questions in this brutally honest documentary.

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  • Paul Thaler

    Thanks for posting! It’s good for people to know that there is a lot of S#$t going on in Africa, besides Kony. This is a good summary of what happened there over the last 20 years.

    When I get engaged, I’m going to give my girl one of those candy rings. Cheaper and not a blood diamond. heh.

    • Vlatko

      FUnny comment.

  • Roy

    The more I understand Africa, the more I think there is no understanding Africa.

    It’s not only the complexity of the conflicts but the cultural space in which they take place. Mutilating children and eating the hearts of the innocents to gain magical powers are not simple results of a resource struggle, they are artifacts of a tribal culture which the western mind is neither ready nor able to comprehend.

  • VideoEyes

    Valuable resources are a disaster to common people where the resource is discovered, and will never stop; unless creed and corruption ends.

  • Quixie

    Fair warning for anyone who would watch this documentary while eating: it contains some brutally violent and gory footage.

  • Yassine Abdi

    Its true for the tribal part of where those bizzare way of killing is from!! BUT this is not afrika, this is war in afrika, this not resuming the life of africans but centered on war in some parts of afrika. Voilence and currupion are a human being dark side wish take place“unfortunatly“ in any culture around the world! Afrika is beautiful and we should also talking more about wath poeple’s do there to build an efecient and beautiful peaceful continent!!!

    • Ballake

      I totally agree. If you visit Africa or have any meaningful contact with Africans what you experience is people who on the whole have an amazing ability to improvise, create solutions to problems, make successful small businesses, build their own lives and help their communities, and work damn hard — as a European I can only admit I couldn’t keep up or do half what they do. Of course there are scumbags in Africa who run criminal activities or commit atrocities but unfortunately that is not unique to Africa! I especially admire the African women I know not just because so many are beautiful and have so much style about them but because they are often so brave, morally and physically, — winning a Nobel prize was long overdue for an African woman. Sadly, Africa is only ever seen in Western media as a news story and usually a bad news story. We rarely see African movies or hear African music — our loss. If we did we might realise that Africans are human too and there are a huge variety of African cultures not just one lump it together all-Africans-are-the-same culture! Even thinking about the bad news stories, although they usually show Africans in crisis (war, famine, disease, poverty, homelessness etc) what comes across to me is that anyone in those situations would suffer the same way and suffering because of e.g. a war does not mean you personally are someone inadequate or ‘racially inferior’. Anyone in a war or famine or other crisis will find it tough. None of us is immune to the human condition whatever our skin colour or culture. All best wishes to you and God grant that we never have to find out the hard way what it is like to be caught up in a civil war. Amen.

      • Roy

        See this is what I mean. No one can mention the cultural factors which lead to these levels of violence for they immediately get accused of racism. The western mind is ruled by political correctness and so can not think anything bad of any other culture because that would be politically incorrect. However, sometimes, and it is quite funny when it happens, the dogma of political correctness contradicts itself. I saw this happen in a recent documentary about gays in Uganda. Now it is politically correct to support gay rights, but it is politically incorrect to portray other cultures in a negative light. So what do you do when you have an African culture that thinks people should be hung or shot just for being gay? I half expected the liberal reporter’s head to spin around with smoke coming out his ears while screaming, “does not compute! Does not compute!” Apparently, though, they decided supporting gay rights was more important and turned a lens on the incredibly hateful and violent beliefs in Uganda’s mainstream culture.

        My point is despite there being almost no chance for a westerner to understand Africa, there is even less of a chance if he wants to view Africans as people who differ only by circumstance. Truly circumstance is part of it (a big part), but so, I suspect, are ancient cultural values, values which are not always pretty.

        You do make a salient point about the lack of positive news stories. Maybe some benefactor will add something to the play list that is less gruesome and not a nature documentary.

  • scott

    A human tragedy. The barbarism displayed against unarmed civilians, espcially children, was extremely difficult to watch. Racism and exploitation continue to devistate this great continent and its people. I weep for Africa.

    • omaha

      Its not racism, Its not white people oppressing black people, its just tyranny and civil war.

    • Spider Dijon

      The racism of black people slaughtering black people?

  • KellyL

    Very dry delivery for such an important issue. The narrator nearly sounds like a robot.

  • DyDy

    Penfold should be brought to Justice! 

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  • James Robert Edwards

    I hope the UN is truly trying 2 do something about this; it’s 2012 and this shit just like prejudism in the USA should not be happening!!!

  • redbar

    There is no such thing as a free independent country in Africa ..the white man still want to control the mining of natural resources till its all gone an then the poor countries have nothing left to build on for them selves …I see England an France as the evil in this Nigeria as the white mans guard dog…in Africa ..the fact that they can starve out a country an say its to up lift a demonstrate gov is crazy an it seem like the young guy that were the former rebels we’re the only 1s that spoke from the heart…

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