I have selected Jueun’s blog post about ‘Life in Africa’.
We are learning about African countries and making class presentations. One of my recent class presentation was about Benin which is located in West Africa. I researched about Its geography, economics, government, culture and history. While I was researching about these areas, I came across this information about many issues Benin is currently facing. Therefore I chose to write my blog post about major issues in Benin.
Although a small country, Benin is one of the most culturally rich countries in all of Africa with several ethnic and racial groups living together. This country is also blessed with abundance of natural resources like marble, timber, limestone, and oil deposits, still, despite all that, Benin remains one of the poorest countries in Africa facing many issues.
According to CIA Word Fact Book almost 65% of Benin’s population is under the age of 25 and due to lack of knowledge about family planning and lesser medical facilities, the population growth rate is high which also results in high rate of maternal mortality.
Poor health care is also one of the cause of diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Malaria etc.
Drinking water and water for domestic purposes remain a major issue in Benin today. Most water bodies in Benin today are polluted and some communities across the country lack total access to clean drinking water.
Another issue is Beninese migration to neighboring countries due to poverty, unemployment, and increased living costs. Poverty is also forcing Beninese families to send their children to work in wealthy households as domestic servants, mines, quarries, or neighboring countries, where they live and work under worst conditions.