Natural Resources In Africa: A Curse or a Blessing?

The tale of two nations – one blessed with an abundance of natural resources, the other a small Gulf country with a population barely reaching 3 million. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boasts a staggering $23 trillion worth of mineral deposits, making it the largest net-exporter of natural resources and net-producer of finished goods in the world if properly utilized. Unfortunately, its resources have been exploited by top companies for car engines, planes, ceramics, batteries, phones, laptops, and accessories, often at the expense of child labor. The Congo rainforest is home to 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species, including some of the most famous residents such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and leopards.

On the other hand, Qatar’s secret to wealth is oil and natural gas, not even half of what DRC has. Despite its small land mass, Qatar has become one of the richest countries in the world, thanks to its natural resources. It spent a whopping $200 billion dollars to organize the 2022 FIFA World Cup, one of the best world cup editions ever organized. With eight fully air-conditioned stadiums fitted with cooling systems for both temperature and cleaning purposes, Qatar has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with.

However, this tale of two nations is also a stark reminder that natural resources can be both a blessing and a curse. While Qatar has been able to utilize its resources to become one of the richest countries in the world, DRC’s civil war has ravaged the country for decades, leaving its inhabitants languishing in abject poverty despite its abundant resources. The colonial masters have indirectly created wars in African nations where there are resources and have no intention of stopping the war so they can continue to steal and extract resources. It’s a sad reality that African nations must face and overcome if they are to thrive.

Shey Julius Nkuh

A Conflict Resolution graduate currently persuing Master's Degree in the University of Buea, Cameroon. Believes in the role of the media as an educational, informational and entertainment tool . He is also passionate about creating awareness to societal crisis. For this reason, has dedicated most of his time to charity. He derives pleasure in blogging and creating contents for you.

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