Hot Zones - Africa - Down Side

250,000 Children Soldiers Worldwide 
The Setting: 
 "Worldwide, more than 250,000 children are used as soldiers," said Antje Weber, a child rights expert with the child emergency relief organisation 

tribesKindernothilfe. In September 2015, more than 10,000 people arrived in Germany every day. Thousands daily leave  the HOT ZONES. Thousand arrive  in North Africa, daily. Thousand embark  on boats or on long treks. Thousands arrive  and thousands  are disillusioned as the reality of the human parking lots set in. Many use modern technology like whattsapp and skype to continue telling the same lie that million before them told that they are leading a better life, that they are happy they arrived, when in reality, the disappointment can be read in their sad eyes. How do we define a better life? Maybe they are right that they are leading a better life. They have running water, toilets in their rooms, paved roads and 24/7 electricity, but if the marginal improvement of their life is measured only in these terms, would it not be better to guarantee those things in their countries of origin, than to see 10,000 refugees per day arriving at the German border?                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Hot Spots:   Personally in my own travels in West Africa, my experiences have always been overwhelmingly positive. So our approach will be to attempt to find a positive way to impact a negative situation and to motivate people to jump on the bandwagon and participate as a part of the solution. Hot Spots exist but our goal is to create Gardens of Eden  where people and animals can live and thrive in harmony on the African continent.                                                                                                                                                                                                     In Search of Better Living Conditions:  Those who are caught up in UNrest as was the case with Jebet and other refugee friends I met in Togo confirmed in my interviews with them that the first priority is immediate survival. The reaction is usually in 5 steps. Get away from the area of unrest, with the preference for going north as apposed to south.

  1. Once in the North, to find a way to get to Europe.
  2. Once in Europe, try to reach an area with friends or family for immediate support and to be in a community where one feels safe.
  3. We now intervene assisting with housing and training.
  4. We assist in placing successful candidates of our training programs in gainful employment in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

Child Soldier 

Economic Hot Zones - Up Side

‘Nigeria’s Air Passenger Population To Hit 25m By 2018’
The Numbers Don't Lie: 
Statistics from an international specialist banking and asset management group, Investec, have indicated that Nigeria will witness growth in its flying population by between 12 and 25 million by 2018, and that Nigeria’s passenger traffic for inbound and outbound destinations rose to about 21 million in 2014, surpassing the 2013 record by over 20 per cent.

The Number One Economy in Africa:

tribe2Investec stated that the growth in air population would be fueled by projected investment of $12 billion in the short and medium term in the aviation industry. It also said that the Nigerian commercial aviation industry contributed about $0.7 billion (N137.9 billion) to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to the head, Aviation Finance for Africa at Investec, Mr Melanie Humphries, there has been tremendous economic growth in Nigeria and with the increase in wealth and the expansion of trade and business opportunities, the demand for business travel has also expanded. “The primary reason is that business aircraft are a necessary tool for many high net worth individuals and corporations that do business in and around Africa. Poor regional connectivity and limited infrastructure means that air travel is still the preferred mode of transport for passengers and cargo – presenting an opportunity for the aviation industry in Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” he said.

Humphries also noted that business jets in Africa, and the access, predictability and passenger safety they provide, are playing a critical role in realising the continent’s growth potential. He stated that the African business aviation market had been resilient through the global financial crisis and new aircraft sales fared better than developed markets such as Europe and North America.

“Demand for business aircraft is highly correlated to wealth creation which of course is dependent on economic growth. The African fleet has more than doubled since 2000 and now comprises around 2.4 per cent of the world’s corporate jet population and as business jets are increasingly being seen as a productive business tool, the long-term prospects for business aviation remain strong,” he added. According to the statistics, Africa’s business jet fleet has more than doubled in the last 10 years, noting that Africa’s two largest business aircraft registries, South Africa and Nigeria, account for over 50 per cent of the entire fleet of business aircraft in all of Africa. Also, it projected that between 2014 and 2033, 685 business jet deliveries are expected in this region with a fleet compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of five per cent over the forecast period. The Investec study further disclosed that commercial air transport supports 6.9 million jobs and $80.5 billion in the GDP in Africa as it forecasted that the number of jobs supported by aviation and tourism would grow to 10.5 million by 2032, a 51 per cent increase.

 Despite the overwhelming negative reports that are so common when the subject of discussion is Africa, according to the numbers, there is lots of growth and opportunities on the Dark Continent.

Muhammad Ali

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