To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
This country was at risk. They were procreating far more children than could be fed from the modest agricultural resources. It had taken some time for Wukr el-Shabazz to understand what was going on in Ala Ka Kuma. There never had been any attempts to limit progeny. That was fairly normal for the Muslim countries in Africa; it always had been like this. But in the past, high infant mortality had ensured that population growth hadn’t outrun resources. This, evidently, had changed after the Great War, when remedies created by European medical progress had become available.
Yeah, the frigging Middle Africans, sitting on rich resources, had been quick to introduce birth control. And the WAU, equally rich in natural resources, had much less population than the country could actually feed. But in Ala Ka Kuma, Morocco, Al Zayer, Tunisia and Egypt – countries with very limited farmland – the population was growing and growing. That wasn’t good. Okay, Egypt had the Nile and its delta, and they had oil and the Suez Canal. So, this country could – most probably – feed the additional mouths – and also find jobs for them. But Ala Ka Kuma couldn’t…
Ala Ka Kuma was poor. And it was producing poor – and illiterate – offspring, for which it couldn’t provide jobs. That was creating a dangerous situation. A young population – five young men for each old geezer; the women didn’t count here – without prospect was a recipe for war, civil war or war with other countries. Neither the WAU nor Middle Africa was accepting any significant number of immigrants from Ala Ka Kuma. They weren’t interested in uneducated Muslims. And Morocco, Al Zayer and Tunisia had no jobs to offer, only more unemployed young men. Egypt, finally, had taken in immigrants in the past, but as they began experiencing difficulties in finding jobs for their own folks, they had stopped this practise.
Even France, desperately short of population, didn’t accept Ala Ka Kumans. They had no intention of conducting an exchange of populations. France was the land of the French, not an African colony. Middle African capitalists, mind you, were outsourcing unsophisticated production to Ala Ka Kuma, exploiting the situation. But that – by far – didn’t suffice. – Wukr himself was suffering from developments. It was possible for him to find a job. He was a full grown man with many skills. But wages were ridiculous. You couldn’t live from the small dough you were earning.
So, what should he do? Move on – to Egypt? Or try to saddle the situation? He was an experienced revolutionary socialist, after all. He could create a political movement… Chairman al-Shabazz of Ala Ka Kuma… Why not? This country needed someone who led it out of its misery…