Population control leader says not to save lives in Africa

Office of Population within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1966, first director Reimert Thorolf Ravenholt:

“[T]he main admonition to be made to those persons and organizations in advanced nations wishing to help the Africans is…Beware! Do not harm the communities and nations you seek to help with public health programs! Unfortunately, that admonition has often been neglected by those seeking to help the Africans. A main case in point is the powerful interventionist prevention of infant and child mortality by the many means our society now readily offers; grants of food, potable water, antibiotics, immunizations, etc. How could these be harmful? Quite simply, they are enormously harmful to African societies when the deaths prevented thereby are not balanced by prevention of roughly equal numbers of births. It is the population excesses resulting from well-intentioned but population-unbalancing interventionist activities which are largely driving today’s killing fields in Africa. Many infants and children rescued from preventable disease deaths by interventionist programs during the 1970s and 1980s have become machete-wielding killers.”

RT Raveneholt “Africa’s Population-Driven Catastrophe Worsens” unpublished paper dated June 2000

Steven W. Mosher Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2008) 42

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