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DMK
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By sending money back home all these years to friends and family, we have allowed them and their dependants to escape the real effects of a collapsed economy thereby postponing the revolution that would surely have happened given the levels of corruption of our politicians. Discuss.
Bad Government
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If Sierra Leoneans elect a bad government, diasporans should stop sending money to relatives in the country. Let Sierra Leoneans deal with the consequences of their actions.
Einstein
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Millions of Dollars, Euro and Pounds Sterling’s are been to African by Diasporas to help alleviate constrains of members of family annually. However they have nothing to show for it. The millions sent those not usually translate into anything productive or break the cycle of poverty and dependency.

Something is wrong.

For certain dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of People/government dependency on Diaspora/Foreign aids and fight it like the poison it is. Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. Pitiful!  

But who am i to judge others. I am standing out, looking in. I have no moral right to judge them or even give them advice. As he who feels it knows it and it is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.

Please don’t misunderstand me. Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.

Mea culpa, I do sent money for family members to make ends meet.

But there must be something wrong with us. We were so independent in the 50s and 60s.

Please no POLY-TRICKS.

WHERE SHOULD WE START?

DMK
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"WHERE SHOULD WE START?" - Einstein.

Good question. Like 90% of those on this forum I am just as 'guilty' but proud to have helped pay for the education of younger siblings and other relatives. The question remains though, what would college fees be today if half the students didn't have help from abroad to pay those fees?
KL
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When you have parents who cannot afford to provide for themselves and you are the only source of support they have, the last thing in your mind to care about is how the money you send helps anyone else but your parents. To bring politics into this issue is an abomination.
DMK
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@KL, I speak as someone who was very proud to have supported the old man in his retirement, God rest his soul and now also continue to provide for my Mum and will do so even if Sierra Leone were to become Singapore overnight.

This isn't about politics as such except to ask the question, is there a dependency culture that means there is limited pressure for a change in the entrenched levels of corruption among the political classes.
Spectator 007
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Brother DMK, what type of revo has it delayed?
DMK
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@Specky, I'm sure you picked up on the fact that my title was deliberately chosen to be provocative. Having said that, there is an argument that just as aid often does more harm than good, by sending money home to alleviate suffering (something which, due to our upbringing we cannot help but do), we are helping make our people immune to and tolerant of the very poor levels of delivery from our leaders.

Perhaps without this huge sums of money flooding into the country via western union and other providers, our people will have no choice but to reject the corrupt politicians and demand accountability.
Spectator 007
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“Perhaps without this huge sums of money flooding into the country via western union and other providers, our people will have no choice but to reject the corrupt politicians and demand accountability.” -DMK

@DMK - I think the people would be worse off and conditions will be so terrible that military adventurists would take over. The people will rejoice, celebrations will be short lived when the junta shows their true colors.

To remove autocratic civilian regimes at the ballot box, the broad opposition should pull their resources together. Even if they run separate campaigns in a first round, for the runoff, they have to be united.

DMK
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"To remove autocratic civilian regimes at the ballot box, the broad opposition should pull their resources together. Even if they run separate campaigns in a first round, for the runoff, they have to be united. " - Specky.

Agreed.

The last thing we need is the military stepping in. Their cure is usually worse than the illness. But I do want people to be angrier at our circumstances. We need a silent revolution that sweeps away all the deadwood.
Spectator 007
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DMK,

Sometimes when one is angry, they do not think smart or strategically...things can implode.

One needs to be calm, under control, plan and execute a a sound strategy to change things.
Voter Jeremy
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"One needs to be calm, under control, plan and execute a a sound strategy to change things."  Spectator 007


Oga Spectator,

The above is a luxury that folks like you in Western democracies can afford.  But for those of us living in the hell called Africa, we don't have that luxury of being calm, being under control and planning and executing.  When was the last time you were in a situation where you don't have money to buy food for your wife and children?
Kamara
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DMK, I agree with you , we have spoilt our relatives back home. We have made  them dependents that flash us abroad when they need cash. They usually do not call us when they receive the cash. You have to call them or check with western union to verify that they received the funds.
At the other end, what can we do? Don't send money and let our relatives starve in front   ofselfish leaders who only care to enrich themselves.

You are right , we need a silent revolution, a revolution that :

Ends the worship of and sycophantic behavior towards our leaders.

Allows our citizens to hold their leaders accountable.

provides leaders that are able to put Sierra Leone first.

Improves the moral fabric of Sierra Leone away from corruption and selfishness to love of nation and
fellow citizens.

We do not necessary have to  shed blood to make a change.
KL
Reply with quote  #14 
"This isn't about politics as such except to ask the question,
is there a dependency culture that means there is limited
pressure for a change in the entrenched levels of corruption
among the political classes." (DMK)

Boss man, money helps but money cannot solve all problems. The money we send our relatives may help with limited pressure for a change because there is only a limited amount of citizens that are blessed or lucky enough to have you and I in the diaspora to send them money. The majority don't and there lies the problem!
 What our people need is our presence! They need our voice, our knowledge, our leadership, and yes our investment monies. Those criminal politicians will have to think twice before committing a crime when they are aware of the fact that there are enough knowledgeable and wealthy people around to raise hell on them. But all the money from the diaspora will not help eradicate the rampant ignorance that plagues our people. This is the root cause of our problems.

Meanwhile, you must also bear in mind that those criminal politicians have access to the country's natural resources and chances are this is where the greater part of their wealth comes from. On the flip side, you can also inject the fact a stolen diamonds sold in a foreign country can also brings needed foreign exchange dough in the country. Funny but it is true that we are not only the suppliers of currency into the country. will stop so far boss I am suffering from last night's hangover.


DMK
Reply with quote  #15 
Thank you everyone for participating in this thread. I deliberately chose a controversial title for this thread to getting us all thinking but I don't have the answers. Like you, when the phone call comes to say a family member is unwell I will respond as best I can just like I know you do too.

Let's hope 2018 brings a breakthrough and gives us a leadership team obsessed not with bringing in the loot for themselves but with bringing in the tide so all boats can float.

Have a very merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous new year.

DMK (Jnr).
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