This doesn’t just apply to countries in Africa, but other places where SOME people are eager to leave for ‘a better life’….
People just assume that being abroad is better, but I think back to the time when Africa completely fulfilled our needs. Now people act like it’s just not good enough, leave, and the wonder why the richest continent is the poorest.
They forget the stress that comes with living in Europe and America because you’re always working towards ‘the good (rich) life’, but living in Liberia and being able to look out of your window and see how the less fortunate live should be a wake up call to be grateful for what you have. I don’t want to stay in the Uk and pay for a house I won’t own for thirty years, when I can build and own a bigger house in Liberia and supply work for local people at the same time. I don’t want to pump money into major chain supermarkets/malls when I could support local producers in Liberia who don’t get million dollar bonuses each year. I want my kids to know that education is a privilege, not a right, so they appreciate it.
It’s fine if people don’t want to go back home, but don’t turn around and look down on your native country’s slow progress when you’re one of many who expect it to rebuild itself.