China’s New Slave Empire: Africa

Chinese Supervises Zambian Trench Diggers

Chinese Supervises Zambian Trench Diggers

Barbados Newest Best Friend Isn’t Quite So Kind To Our Distant Cousins

“These poor, hopeless, angry people exist by grubbing for scraps of cobalt and copper ore in the filth and dust of abandoned copper mines in Congo, sinking perilous 80ft shafts by hand, washing their finds in cholera-infected streams full of human filth, then pushing enormous two-hundredweight loads uphill on ancient bicycles to the nearby town of Likasi where middlemen buy them to sell on, mainly to Chinese businessmen hungry for these vital metals.

Many perish as their primitive mines collapse on them, or are horribly injured without hope of medical treatment. Many are little more than children. On a good day they may earn $3, which just supports a meagre existence in diseased, malarial slums.

We had been earlier to this awful pit, which looked like a penal colony in an ancient slave empire.

Defeated, bowed figures toiled endlessly in dozens of hand-dug pits. Their faces, when visible, were blank and without hope.

The diggers feared – and their evil, sinister bosses had worked hard on that fear – that if people like me publicised their filthy way of life, then the mine might be closed and the $3 a day might be taken away.

I can give you no better explanation in miniature of the wicked thing that I believe is now happening in Africa.

Out of desperation, much of the continent is selling itself into a new era of corruption and virtual slavery as China seeks to buy up all the metals, minerals and oil she can lay her hands on: copper for electric and telephone cables, cobalt for mobile phones and jet engines – the basic raw materials of modern life.

It is crude rapacity, but to Africans and many of their leaders it is better than the alternative, which is slow starvation.

The above excerpts and photo are from the Mail Online article China’s New Slave Empire.

If you read only one article today, make it this one.

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28 responses to “China’s New Slave Empire: Africa

  1. aswl

    (BFP Editor’s note: This comment was in response to a harassing comment that has been deleted, however it makes some good points so we will leave it up.)

    What a crazy comment. What is your interest dude – just to see ‘whitey’ beaten even if it means your African brothers and sisters suffering – CRAZY

    Yes, the ‘West’ is intimidated by China’s rise but that is just not the point.

    China is just the next in a long line of ‘powers’ that have exploited the continent over the centuries. It is a case for them of pick and choose from many resource rich countries. Africa as a continent/united could stand up to China but at the moment they just have to dangle their ‘fruit’ in front a handful of corrupt politicians and a whole state goes in the toilet. Watch out for India too.

    This is ultimately a case of Africa as a continent needing to come together so that they can deal with the world on their own terms.

  2. 184

    African leaders are to be blame for everything that happens to africa. including slavery.

  3. BABAFP

    More China bashing.

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    BFP says,

    And if you write it off as “China bashing” you don’t have to deal with the reality of the situation, or try to refute the truth of the article.

    Frankly old friend, we expected a better response from you.

  4. .44

    It is my believe that wherever leaders are greedy and corrupt, those being led will always suffer. Poor people as a “people” will always be in slavery (physical mental financial). Escape from this destiny can only occur when there is a commitment, by those who have the power to do so, to end all forms of human exploitation.
    An exploited people can rise but they will need good and honest leaders who will remain that way.
    Resource rich countries with corrupt leaders will always be attractive to unscrupulous capitalist.

  5. Sundowner

    http://jewelsnthejungle.blogspot.com/2007/03/congos-tin-soldiers-how-you-and-i-may.html

    Not just our ‘friends’ the Chinese as modern day slave masters, check out the above link or google blood diamonds and you’ll find a lot of interesting reading about modern day slavery, black on black.

  6. This relates to both of BFP’s last two posts.

    Reuters, 20 Sep 2008 :
    Gabon bans sale, import of Chinese milk powder

    “LIBREVILLE, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Gabon has banned the import and sale of Chinese powdered milk in response to a widening alert over contaminated milk products which have killed four children in China, Gabonese authorities said on Saturday.

    The central African oil producer joined a number of states in Asia and Africa which have declared a health alert over the tainted Chinese milk powder that has made thousands of Chinese children ill.”

    US & UK are searching for and testing milk products.

    What is the Barbados Health Minister doing?

  7. J

    China’s billion sized population (and growing at a Malthusian rate) is driving this evil. And yet much of the western world (including you BFP) is harshly critical of China’s attempts to control its population.

    Harsh reality: We cannot have it both ways.

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    BFP says,

    J…

    There is birth control that involves “the pill”, condoms and education.

    And then there is murder.

    Being communists, the Chinese government has no problem with murder – whether of newly born infants or adults.

    They also have no problem with kidnapping women on the street, holding them down and performing abortions on them against their will.

    Are you really trying to defend that, J?

    How evil.

  8. Snake-in-the-grass

    When you all get ready to wise up you will learn that ‘human beings’ are predatory animals with the same instinct lions and tigers and crocodiles and sharks and barracudas, etc., have ….

    We all prey upon those who we can. Asians prey upon Orientals, whites prey upon Eskimos, Negros prey upon Jews, and vice versa in all combinations.

    The strong prey upon the weak, the big upon the small, the ‘educated’ upon the ‘ignorant’ etc. etc. etc.

    Get real, you people.

  9. PiedPiper

    So, what are you saying exactly Snake-in-the-Grass, that this is somehow acceptable and that we as human beings should not waste our time trying to change it? We can not deny that man/woman is imperfect and that there will always be those who try to take advantage of those who are disadvantaged in some way, whether it be poverty, lack of education or whatever but the onus is on the community as a whole to ensure that the worst of human traits be kept in check.
    You can not force evil people to have a conscience so you must act as a conscience for them.
    This current situation in Africa can only happen if African governments allow it to happen. I have no doubt that the Chinese, who are currently raping Africa of natural resources, handsomely paid off the petty bureaucrats and mock government rulers in order to create this modern day slavery.
    The rest of the world needs to get off it’s collective ass and institute sanctions against the African governments that allow this to happen and against the Chinese government that has a history of worker slavery in it’s own country.

  10. reality check

    The Chinese have just become the new economic slave masters of the 21st century replacing the Europeeans from the 16th-20th century.

    While it is critical to constantly go after slavery wherever it exists BFP, lets not forget there are lots of positve stories coming out of Africa today with such groups as the Gates Foundation, The Grammen Bank, missionaries etc.

    It would be inspiring and more balanced to hear some of these stories as well as the horrifying ones.

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    BFP says,

    That is true, RC. And it is true that we sometimes get locked into a negative mode around here, frankly because we are the lone drummer for ITAL now that the DLP bloggers have conveniently dumped ITAL from the menu. The same goes with the “china are giving us money so they must be good” crowd. It seems that we are the only ones sounding the clarion.

    Still – you are correct. We need some positive stories ’bout hey. Which… it so happens… we have in our mailbox. OK… we will publish a “feel good” success story for our Monday morning lead.

    Thanks to RC and all our readers who gently remind us when we get into a rut!

  11. Bush tea

    Pied Piper,
    Maybe what snake in the grass is saying is that he who is without sin should throw the first stone at China.
    No question that BFP’s condemnation is justified, but the FACT is that essentially, the same exploitation is happening here in Bim where the food suppliers are exploiting the rest of us; where employers are unfairing workers; where workers are exploiting their employers by stealing their time, material, money and business; where Government is exploiting the rest of us; etc etc.

    Maybe the reason that other world leaders are not condemning the African leaders is that they KNOW that they too are guilty.

    Are not successive Barbados governments bringing chinese workers here to work for pittance while not paying NIS, PAYE etc – while living like animals and ignoring safety laws? Who could outbid them for work? – What do you think this does to poor aspiring local companies and workers? – They have to accept pittance wages too… just like the Africans…. and then try to pay the ridiculous supermarket prices.

    Snake in the grass has an interesting point….

  12. Hants

    BFP says

    “we are the lone drummer for ITAL now that the DLP bloggers have conveniently dumped ITAL from the menu.”

    Unfair comment BFP.

    I have not dumped ITAL. I believe that the DLP should be given time to create and enact ITAL.

    You however are within your right to demand instant gratification.

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    BFP says,

    OK…. ALL DLP bloggers except Hants, who is willing to give the DLP until (you fill in the blanks)…

    (Date) to declare as government policy that contracts will not be given to businesses in which elected members have an interest.

    (Date) to declare as government policy that contracts will not be given to businesses which are owned by elected members’ spouses.

    (Note: the two above initiatives are not law, but government policy and could be ordered, well, yesterday with the stroke of a pen.)

    (Date) to enact Freedom of Information Legislation

    (Date) to enact Integrity Legislation

    (Date) to enact Whistle Blower Legislation

    (Date) to release the details of the Prime Minister’s use of aircraft belonging to entities that do business with the Government of Barbados.

    How long are you willing to give the DLP before you no longer defend them, Hants?

  13. Hants

    BFP asks

    “How long are you willing to give the DLP before you no longer defend them, Hants?”

    1.4 years . That is 10 % of the time wanna gi de BLP.

  14. Snake-in-the-grass

    @ PiedPiper
    September 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    No, all I’m saying is no one ‘race’ or ‘ethnicity’ is unique in what they (as humans beings) will do. No one ethnicity is an better or worse than another… all ethnicities as a group or any particular person as an individual … will prey upon whoever they can… so to single out a particular ‘race’ or a particular person is not a valid argument.

  15. reality check

    Hants

    1-4 years because the last bunch of “tiefs” did nothing in 12 years except perfect their stealing.

    This is a joke isn’t it?

  16. ru4real

    Are not successive Barbados governments bringing chinese workers here to work for pittance while not paying NIS, PAYE etc – while living like animals and ignoring safety laws? Who could outbid them for work? – What do you think this does to poor aspiring local companies and workers? – They have to accept pittance wages too… just like the Africans…. and then try to pay the ridiculous supermarket prices.
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    No quite local workers are protected by the minimum wage.

  17. Peltdownman

    The Chinese are treating Africans no differently from the way they treat their own workers. Apart from work produced by prisoners, employees in many factories are “tied” to their jobs by having accommodation and food supplied by the employer. As most of them have migrated from rural areas, where they previously lived in abject poverty, they dare not complain for fear of being returned in disgrace. What pittances they do earn is often sent back to the family. This is how the Chinese compete, yet our trade negotiators carry on giving away our protection from this nonsense by telling our manufacturers and our farmers that we have to compete with this kind of slave system. It is not really that much different in other emerging Asian countries such as India and Vietnam. More and more, the excesses of the Chinese system are becoming apparent, with lead in the paint on toys, and melanine in the milk. Wake up everybody, please!

  18. Mathilde

    This is old news, I have been watching China’s colonization of Africa for a while now.
    And now Chavez in Venezuela is allowing thousands of Chinese to immigrate to Venezuela, giving them passports before they even arrive, so that they can vote for him. I wonder how far China’s grand plan goes…

  19. JukeCheckEdeySkirt

    Why out of all the people who are getting it right, blacks seem not able to grasp the concept of unity is strength. Even in Barbados, our minority groups are the ones who control the economic interests of this island, whilst the majority continue to see how best they can exploit, cheat, steal and pull down each other. Are we that comfortable that we do not mind if we are continuously viewed and recognized as being at the bottom of the hiearchial structure of race, which covertly expresses we are of less importance and interest? Why is it that our mentality seems always bent on hoarding instead of helping. This image has greatly affected and offended me. Very sad reality of events.

  20. dogbitemuh

    Well this is what we have to look forward to as the American empire slowly fades into the sunset. We have been tricked by the Chinese but I am convinced that this is part of a greater plan because any fool can look at the record of human rights abuses of this country and see its wrong. We need to look deeper.

  21. Rumplestilskin

    Two things to remember.

    As per the late Elton Walton Barrow ‘friends of all, satellite of none’.

    Secondly, we have to be self-reliant on food and on energy as much as possible.

    We get that done and we can make our own decisions.

    We do not need fancy condos, fancy cars or fancy ‘gear’ worn by the stars.

    That is all illusion.

    Shelter, food, love is all we need.

    Live simply.

  22. Kevin

    Those who talk by pics are freaks. cant u speak after doing inverstigation?
    How much do you know about the truth?

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  25. Anonymous

    Don’t let negative people have power over you. If someone tells you that China’s new slave Empire in Africa, don’t believe it! You have to tell him that Chinese are freelancers in Africa, but we African have to work hard so we can save a million hungry people in Africa.
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  26. Don’t let negative people have power over you. If someone tells you that China’s new slave Empire in Africa, don’t believe it! You have to tell him that Chinese are freelancers in Africa, but we African have to work hard so we can save a million hungry people in Africa. –

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