It makes me shudder to see how multinational companies are so determined not only to exploit Africa and its resources but also ready to endanger the life of Africans as long as that keeps money flowing. It’s just unbelievable that persons, in a world so called civilised, can still reconcile themselves with the action of exporting death through toxic trade. Revelations of irresponsible and murderous trade behaviour make me understand how greed for money can make humans descend so low both in their thinking and action. Indeed, in the name of economic prosperity we end up trading our own humanity. Shame!
As a result of toxic trade both human beings and nature are condemned to death.
Inhuman trade behaviour
According to Public Eye Swiss, the trade between multinational companies and Africa is marred with murderous behaviour. These companies profit of the weak laws in Africa to export commodities that they know are health hazard, the kind of products that they will not dare put on the European market! They literally export death to Africa. Ghana is one example of countries that have fallen victim to Trafigura.
I know Trafigura shouldn’t sound new to you; it’s a name notorious enough as regards toxic trade. Anyway, it’s a Dutch multinational which trades in oil, among many other commodities. This company is trading with Ghana in oil which is toxic, especially with a high content of sulphur. That is hazardous to human health as well as to the environment. Trafigura knows that well yet nothing restrains it because it’s about money; money at all cost justifying even toxic trade. Apparently, multinational is synonymous to gluttony.
Multinationals and Greed are twin brothers
Look! Multinationals seem not be content with grabbing the land from peasants who are deprived of their means of livelihood; it’s not enough for multinationals to rape the land by their manner of exploitation that is not eco-friendly; it’s not enough for multinationals to exploit the cheap labour of the third world –and now, they have the nerve, by toxic trade, to lay their hand even on the health of Africans which is already weakened. Who’s behind all that inhumanity?
But there’s human face behind toxic trade
Do I hear you say multinationals? But what are multinationals? Anyway, behind them are human beings, always well dressed, with a good laugh, polite… They also know what it means to be sick for when they have a little cough they will not restrain themselves from disturbing their doctor’s sleep –they will call him. They are also persons of relationships.
There are husbands, they are wives, they are fathers, they are mothers, they are brothers and they are sisters. They know how it pains when one of their dear ones is in poor health. It means the machine behind multinationals are human beings as normal as anyone else. It’s here I have a little difficulty.
How do such normal persons just throw their humanity to the winds and find pleasure in toxic trade that provoke the pain that they themselves wouldn’t like to suffer?
Act against toxic trade, sign the petition below
As friends of humanity, concerned about respect for life and social justice, we have little to do with multinationals but everything to do with our fellow human beings who, unfortunately, seem to be trading their humanity for money –kind of brothers to Judas Iscariot. And this gives me an idea of the kind of work before us.
We are not at war with systems. Our task is to appeal to the humanity of these persons behind the multinationals so that they can see a fellow human being in an African that they are putting at risk with their toxic trade.
Let’s act together for Ghana, for Africa and for humanity! For the sake of Ghanians, for the sake of Africans and for the sake of human solidarity don’t just walk away. We appeal to your humanity, sign the petition and pass the link to others.