HOW US FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DONALD TRUMP HAS AFFECTED AFRICA | AfriTV Online

Trade relations between the United States and Africa have declined significantly in the last few years. Many of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Sub Saharan Africa -but the region has become less of a priority for the US.   “Donald Tru...

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HOW US FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DONALD TRUMP HAS AFFECTED AFRICA

Published by: A. Odean
10/20/2020 02:07 PM
Lesotho industrial workers.
Lesotho industrial workers.

Trade relations between the United States and Africa have declined significantly in the last few years. Many of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Sub Saharan Africa -but the region has become less of a priority for the US.

 

“Donald Trump has total disregard for Africa, he hasn’t travelled here and if he was re-elected I doubt he’d visit the continent. He figures this isn’t worth his attention”, says Professor John Stremlau, an international relations lecturer at Witwatersrand University.

 

As Africa ponders President Donald Trump’s impact on their continent, and what might follow November’s election, one strong sign of America’s changing influence can be seen in the Trump administration’s move to block funding. Washington’s decision has harmed the ability of African countries with struggling healthcare systems to provide much needed services.

 

Using Lesotho as a microcosm, this article explores what President Trump’s possible re-election could mean for Africa. About two hours outside of Lesotho’s capital Maseru, the effects of Washington’s decision to cut funding is felt on the ground.

 

Surrounded by rolling hills and mud huts dotting the landscape, the only clinic at Ha Mojela village has been closed. Gates have been locked, the padlock is rusty and the condom box is empty. Women here have nowhere else to turn.

 

"I used to visit the clinic every month to collect contraceptives but I’ve now been forced to buy them because the clinic I relied on has been closed. I can’t afford to do that every month and I fear I’ll get pregnant”, said 36-year-old Malerato Nyai, a slender and shy woman who smiled nervously. Her comments resonated with several of her neighbours.

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