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Re: The Afro German Experience

The African Diaspora in Germany must be prepared to return to Africa
as pioneers and contribute to the development of the entire Continent.
Not all will wish to do this. For those that do training and education are required as well as personal discipline.

Those that stay in Germany will find it increasingly difficult. This is because Germans themselves are having difficulty with employment and creating stability in a nation still fractured from WWII. This resulted in a lower standard of living amongst Germans, particularly those living in The German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Although Russia was given this part of Germany, in the terms of WWII, their capacity building was not effective. The standards of Russia were so low that they could not benefit the territory they took from Germany. If this is the case in Europe how can Russia benefit Africa?

Be aware of the rivalry resulting from imperial and modern colonialism in Africa. This includes the United States and Russia. Russia used East Germany, through the "arms race" to establish a role in Africa. Militarism, or any other "ism", will not solve the highest interests of Africa. It certainly did not serve the interests of the German people. The results of WWII proved this. The German population suffered beyond measure and the energy of a great nation was wasted. However from the ashes many lessons were learned and the Greatness of Germany emerged again.

The African Diaspora must learn from WWII and colonialism in Africa. It is only through peace and reconciliation that Germany began to rebuild a Greater Germany and Mitteleuropa.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

K.W. Spence-Lewis Snr. Consultant Researcher
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