The best help for those who sustain our development

Television and the press invade us with the images of idyllic paradises in the Caribbean islands, in large areas of Africa and Asia: untouched beaches, coconut palms that bend when the tourist passes by, pools and flower and fruit gardens in fantastic neighborhoods where beautiful women, lightly dressed and with a big smile serve you multi-colored drinks and muscular waiters seem to be there to offer any type of service available. These images of all types of gastronomic delicacies overflowing the table, overcoming any normal citizen's imagination over seductive music and on the finest cuché paper end up canceling our ability to distinguish in order to ask: is this the social reality of Santo Domingo, Cancun, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Africa's coastline on the Indic Ocean? Not to mention the provoking and exciting atmosphere of Eastern places against which the images of the mythic Eden become pale. Why do hundreds of clandestine immigrants come risking their lives? They ask this question too when they extend their blankets on the curbs of the street in front of those travel agencies.
Any average informed person knows that the Conduct Code of the NGO for development Coordinators condemn this sort of advertising. Our messages about the lived reality by our cooperators and experts crash against these messages that inflate the diplomats of those countries so much. In such way, it is impossible to maintain the struggle to assist the impoverished populations of those paradises of the South. True it is that many of those diplomats have enjoyed those hotel infrastructures, tourist circuits and Club Meds because they have walked next to representatives of tour operators and journalists closing a quite notorious circle: the majority of these fantastic grounds are property of capitals coming from the sociologic North with little participation by local politicians and entrepreneurs.
Millions of tourists board those packages that take them from hotel to hotel and to excursions to beaches banned for local people, of dinners and parties in which everything is already paid for and they barely leave some coins to buy some crafts at hand or for miserable tips.
To foster tourism is a valid opportunity for these countries' development, like it was for Spain in the seventies and still is nowadays. It already takes place in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece and in other countries that support the export of their native people because money orders from their savings exceeds the amounts resulting from tourism.
The best possible help for these countries rich in traditions, natural, artistic and monumental beauty is to integrate them in the development of that richness in a balanced and just way that respects the natural environment and assists the people of those regions.
It's possible to adapt professional training and technique for those countries' native people in order that they actively participate in the process without remaining limited to a function of servants that suffer from a squizophrenia that splits them into that way of life, in which they fight for their life, and that of their families and social atmosphere.
The European Union's institutions and each State's own that compose it should develop this work, aptitude and professional training to offer the services in the development of those amazing national actives.
Aid for education, health, protection and the natural environment, for the healthiness of their water sources and their health services, for their agriculture's improvement, for the trade of their products and their crafts is more important than the great loans from which the population rarely benefits because they become poisoned by the greed of so many intermediaries, corrupt military people that bleed and drive the best educated that have to lean on a dangerous clandestine emigration in the hands of mafias that could be easily eradicated by these countries' police. 
We know that the governments of several Eastern European countries foster and fund clandestine emigration of the citizens who are better trained and prepared in order to reduce unemployment numbers.
People in the government of the developed countries have to decide how many immigrants they need and with which preferences. Thus, they have to establish solid agreements with the countries of origin's governments and start recognizing that the European Union needs these immigrants for survival. Of course, after having informed the citizens that no country in Europe could keep its development rate, its living standards and its levels of waste if that 70% of imported raw materials from developing countries didn't sustain it. 
The blood sucking of clandestine emigrations would disappear if the rules of a fair, balanced market with solidarity would be respected.

José Carlos Gª Fajardo

Este artículo fue publicado en el Centro de Colaboraciones Solidarias (CCS) en 2006