Meeting Dec. 7-12 in Maputo, Mozambique, the once-every-five-years assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches condemned Western domination of poor countries.
“With the prevailing forces of globalization, Africa experiences a new form of oppression with crippling economic burden through unjust international relations, trade and hopeless foreign debts,” delegates said in a Dec. 12 message.
According to Ecumenical News International, Frank Chikane, director general of the South African president’s office, told delegates that most African countries have “proxy governments answering to Western powers.” He said the “Western world and their multinational companies are committing the worst terrorism on poor countries.”
In a closing sermon Dec. 12, World Council of Churches General Secretary Samuel Kobia noted that even strong economies were shaken by the global recession. “The impact of economic recession, yet again, hits first and foremost those who are already the most vulnerable and marginalized,” he said. “Yet most of the plans for recovery from this crisis focus on restoring the wealth of the privileged few rather than on overcoming poverty everywhere."
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