When the European Union stopped giving the Congo millions of dollars a year in 2015 to handle their waste disposal problem, the country began drowning in its own waste, spreading disease and degradation:
Many people say that they are disgusted: “It gets worse every year. Our once so beautiful Kinshasa has degenerated into a big dump,” a woman told DW. Another one added: “We Congolese obviously despise our country. Otherwise we would not allow our cities to sink into such filth.”
Jules Mulimbi, in charge of environment and sustainable development at Kinshasa City Council, is worried about the quality of life in the capital too. “For me, a healthy environment is a fundamental human right,” he told DW. The problem is not just the completely inefficient disposal of waste. The behavior of the inhabitants also contributes to the problem. “The solution begins with every single citizen, every single family. If everyone disposed of the garbage on their own doorstep, we would already have solved part of the problem,” said Mulimbi.
In the past Kinshasa used to be considered a beautiful city. People called her ‘Kinshasa, the coquette’, to describe her allure. Today, Kinshasa is connoted with garbage rather than feminine charms. “Litter also poses a great health risk,” said Jeanne, who didn’t give her full name. She says the situation in her neighborhood is bad. “Most gutters are clogged with plastic bags and bottles. The water doesn’t run off when it rains. During the rainy season, most slums are flooded.”
In the Pakajuma district, about three kilometers from the main railway station, there are mountains of rubbish everywhere. Children and many animals, including pigs are always seen foraging for food. Sewage flows down the hills. Under the hot sun, the stench is hardly bearable. Latrines are a luxury here.
“Just look at how people live here! No wonder there are so many cholera cases in the area,” said Mimi Mututu, deputy coordinator of the NGO Logos Premier, which is working to clean up the neighborhood. “People use dirty water to wash, drink and cook,” she told DW.
This poses a danger to their health, said Mimi Mututu: “People here live in an environment that is not clean and not healthy. That’s why there are many cases of malaria, typhus, cholera and other diseases,” Mututu noted.
Kinshasa is growing very fast. It is the third largest city in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. It is estimated that its 17 million inhabitants produce around 9,000 tons of garbage a day. That is a huge volume, especially for a city that has no professional waste management. The European Union used to support a waste disposal program, but aid was stopped in 2015. The problem got noticeably worse.
…According to the authorities, a monthly budget of 12 million US dollars is needed to deal with the situation. This is a colossal amount, which administrators plan to finance through new taxes. But until then, the health of Kinois will stay under threat.
Make no mistake: White people caused this problem, not ignorant, incapable Blacks. Had it not been for misplaced economic aid, the Black African population in the Congo would have remained relatively small and manageable. Natural diseases and the lack of food would have kept the population in check and at a level that the Africans themselves could have supported themselves. But once they got a taste of White money and White development assistance, their populations unnaturally exploded well beyond the point that they can manage without a constant infusion of White capital.
Everything in the Congo from the cars, the buildings, and the clothes on their backs is courtesy of the pathologically altruistic White man. These “gifts” have done nothing to advance these people as a race, but have actually served only to demonstrate to the world just how dependent they are on the White man. As Kipling rightfully pointed out, they are the “White man’s burden,” and at a certain point in the near future, the White man will have to let them sink or swim on their own, and based on what we see here, it’s obvious that they are destined to drown in their own waste.