To some AFRICOM may mean very little, even nothing at all. To others this largely innocent abbreviation means a world of violence, massacre and suffering. Suffering of the innocent who will never voice their own concern. You would ask why not. The answer is crystal clear. It is because they are all dead.
AFRICOM standing for the U.S. African Command is indeed a dark abyss sheltering the most excruciating pain a human being could ever experience – the pain after the death of an innocent man. The man loved by his family, his children and his wife. They will be crying their eyes out on receiving the news. They will never get peace in their souls having parted with the loved one.
We were all kids once. You may have a kid now. You may be getting one soon. Close your eyes and see a child dead. Would you see the world differently after it? Would you forgive those responsible? Would you rest before finally bringing to justice those behind the murder?
The African Command policies is resulting in the deaths of hundreds and thousands of civilians and bring ever-lasting pain to their families who do not have enough power and exposure to make the world aware. These deaths go unnoticed because every effort is made to silence those speaking to the wider public.
The destructive military conquest of the African continent by the AFRICOM established in 2008 is to gain influence, dictate its own foreign policy and exploit the Africa’s potential to its taste, which by no means sees and respects the needs and rights of the African people.
The true move behind the AFRICOM activities is well-put by Maurice Carney, “Friends of the Congo” CEO and Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) member, who mentioned that due to the US and Europe’s inability to compete with China economically on the African continent, the U.S. launched AFRICOM to protect its strategic interests. He further highlighted that despite the AFRICOM’s benign, humanitarian facade of building wells and training soldiers in human rights practices, its ever-expanding presence (estimated 2000 per cent increase since its inception in 2008) has been devastating for the oppressed masses on the continent.
The actions by AFRICOM undermine the stability in the region as they promote violence and devastation by continuously waging war in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Libya, Mali, Niger, Somalia just to name a few. The death and destruction has been present since in all of the countries mentioned above threatening the lives of more and more African people.