The Selling of
The news was interesting today. ‘
Sells the North to Mozambique ’, the headlines read. Apparently the government has invited Brazilian farmers to come and rent land for 50 year leases for extremely cheap. Apparently the Brazilian banks are advertising and gearing up to give loans to these farmers. They say it is to benefit the country because Mozambicans will learn a new way of farming with big machinery. It seems suspicious to me. Why not take the Mozambicans to Brazil so they can see the farms in Brazil and return to Brazil with new skills? Why does Mozambique need to rent cheap land, as little as $2 a hectare per year, to foreigners instead saving for their own people? Mozambique
My colleagues say it is the selling of
and it will be the seeds of war and strife for future generations. Tete province has already been sold to Brazilians and Australians hungry for coal and oil, the forests are being shipped out to Mozambique as fast as it can be cut and they say Manica will be next if precious metals are discovered. It is a new colonialism with a different image than that which was started by the European powers in the past. This time it is not ivory, trade or slaves, but coal, oil and lumber. The next generation will wake up with the land again commanded by overseas nations protecting the settlers they have sent to China Africa. Again it will be others who command the land and have the power over the inhabitants. Only this time it will not be Europe.