Message in a bottle

Madagascar has a new president and I wonder

Recently the French president Hollande wrote Hery Rajaonarimampianina, this month newly elected president of Madagascar, a letter saying quote:

“I have no doubt that the policy you are going to conduct will lead to the improvement of living conditions of the Malagasy people, hit hard by five-year-crisis. Our two countries, members of the Indian Ocean commission have a common interest in the security and prosperity of the region. Be assured of my commitment to work towards the strengthening of ties of cooperation and friendship between France and Madagascar”.

How can he have no dought I wonder. Many times I’ve asked inhabitants of this island during this years election how they see the future, their future. Do they believe in their political system? No one responded positive to my question. And that’s many people, for when I travel, I talk a lot. This is, this truly is, a huge task: trying to lead this country into the right direction!


The friendship Hollande is talking about in his letter seems to be mostly focused on the military situation. A way for the French to feel that they are supporting a country they once turned into one of their collonies (1883-1960). But in reality, I personnaly saw and heard another story. As throughout the country they are based, the military seem to do their job. But are they doing their job right? Really? And is that kind of work you need to be supporting in this under developed country? That’s the question. Many of these Malagasy man now have a high rang/status, but because of their current status they’re also being excluded in some sort of way. These man, who work for the government get highly payed for their work. But they are born in a third world country and most of them never had a dime. For them it’s like winning the lottery. The result is that they’re living a ‘rich’ life, as they are payed by the French. But this is not the main problem in this country I believe, because; What happens when you do not believe in the system, but the system is willing to give you a big paycheque. Well of course, you go for it. Because you have no other option in front of you. But, do they really do the job they’re being payed for? I’ve heard, they stay passive in their actions.  Spending their money. They’re not happy, but they finally have a reputation that makes them feel proud. And as France supports this in both ways, this way of protecting a country is not putting the money back into the system in a right way I believe. This is not the core of the problem in this country. It’s the lack of proper education .

The first time I took a bus back in 2001, and all those other times during my stay in  2013, I witnessed corruption. It has become extreme after 2009. The gendermerie will stop the bus, and ask the driver where he’s heading. He would then ask for his papers as his college walks around to check the bus, and looking at the people sitting in it. Money is hidden inside the drivers papers. That is then taken out, and being returned to the driver. The busdriver has to pay the gendarmery for continuing his travel. If you have a 3 hour drive for instance you can, or better, you will be stopped at least 6 times. In a way, a foreigner can feel safe because he/she now knows that a gendarme has seen him/her for in case something might happen. For they now have a face with the story. But at the same time, the gendarmery is making money of all bus drivers. It’s classic. The tricks they pull. When you allways sit by the window or mostly next to the drivers seat, you just start to notice these things. It has become a normal way of making money, and the Malagasy have no choice but to accept it. It just shows how troubled the life is  in this country. Just people who want to make a living driving mini vans.



Offcourse protection is needed, but the question is in what way? And by watching the world news ‘protection’ seems to be needed everywhere these days. The thing is, that corruption shall and allways will be, the strongest in those parts of the world where there is less money and less education. So the question is; where do you start with the cleaning up? Where does Hery start?  A former minister of finance taking the leading role. For instance ex president Andry Rajoelina, former dejay (1974) had a very interesting thought on how to spend money the right way. He thought that with all the poverty in his country it was necessary to build an American football stadium in the capital Antananarivo and turned his personal dream into reality. Yes, that whas what the people had been waiting for he thought. In a country that pour, a new football stadium. In a country where less than two dollars is earned a day. Mind you in a place where most of the people do not even have the Money to go and see a match. No thoughts and actions forinstance on creating a better infrastructure, no thoughts or actions on building schools to educate the young. Meaning No actions on helping the people by moving forward into the right direction; Redeveloping this country so it can start to stand on its own. Non of those thoughts have been made reality. The road for recovery seems to be a tough one. It will be a miracle if this new president Hary is able to make some good changes. I can only hope he will not be focussed that much on socker but look at the real issues. For now I can only tell you the following…Belinda does a little prayer.



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2 Replies to “Message in a bottle”

  1. I really loved your post…Sadly as in any third world country, corruption is not just a way of life, people don’t consider it to be wrong…becuase, that’s the way they can survive! 🙂


  2. Corruption is indeed corrupting to many countries. In addition to so many challenges to humanity. Crossing my fingers for this country too. Better education is one of the best starting points I believe.


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