We are African-run, UK-based human rights and community development charity with local, regional, national and international appeal.
Our life experiences in Africa have shown that population explosion is the primary cause of environmental degradation, poverty, famine, conflicts over the finite land and water, urbanisation, human rights abuse, youth unemployment and ultimately mass migration in search of a better life in Europe. The terrible migration crisis and related issues we are witnessing today are only the beginning. According to the 2017 UN Population Prospect:
“Of the 2.2 billion people who may be added between 2017 and 2050, 1.3 (or more than 50%) will be added to Africa. Beyond 20150 African will be the main contributor to global population growth… The concentration of population growth in the poorest countries will make it harder for those governments to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, combat hunger and malnutrition, expand and update education and health systems, improve the provision of basic services and ensure that no-one is left behind.”
Our life experiences in the UK have also shown that perceived mass migration is harming community cohesion with the opponents and supporters of immigration feeling unable to express their positions in public. This has led some people to vent their frustration by allegedly committing race and religious hate crime. According to a 2016 Home Office study, such crimes rose by 41 % during and in the aftermath of the EU referendum.
In mainland Europe, African migrants are increasing becoming the victims of physical violence including drive-by shooting. At the same time, anti-immigration parties are on the rise in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, France and the Netherlands.
Against this background, we are working with local communities and other relevant national partners including governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to promote:
(1) Local community cohesion by offering a platform for open and constructive debate on immigration.
(2) African solutions to the African migration crisis by empowering girls and women to decide if, when and how many children they can afford to have.