The African continent has suffered slavery and all kinds of terrorism and persecutions during the colonial era, Apartheid era, and has also suffered man-made diseases, such as Aids and Ebola. But why the continent has the lowest suicide rate compared to Europe and America?
Why does Africa have a low suicide rate?
As you’ve mentioned Africans not only go through the worst of the adversities but they have generated immune response to such making them not to be vulnerable and weak.In the African culture it’s also considered a taboo to commit suicide or practice such ,if it is found out the body was to be caned before burial so that such spirit doesn’t go to the living
This is an interesting question which I think I would look at in two ways.
To start with, Africans are used to suffering. We are almost immune to it. We are used to ethnic clashes, civil wars, famine, corruption and graft, rape, extra judicial killings and natural disasters. I was watching a documentary and apparently, when the government charges any form of tuition in Scandinavian countries, ALL the students match the streets. Free education is as human a right as right to life. In the 1950s, German women were sick of discrimination and one day they all boycotted their duties. The government responded by making it a law that every German company will have a board whose half members are women. You can imagine what a big impact this had on equal rights. In this regard, it doesn’t make much logical sense to kill oneself when we are so used to suffering. It is said that Africans are reptiles. If you survive in Africa, you can survive anywhere in the world.
My next point of view would be religion. Religion while toxic has this aspect of hope which then makes as almost apathetic to suffering. It is said that whatever happens, God has a plan for us. This is one of the biggest reasons Africans just won’t kill themselves as much. They wait on God. They pray. They fellowship and read the Bible and Quran. These doctrines have so many examples of suffering which had redemption at the end. This is the redemption that majws Africans hold on. Otherwise, out there people are not as religious. With 4,200 religions in place, many people in the West would rather be agnostic or not belive in God at all. Hence, for them, whenever depression strikes, they go for the easy way out.
In conclusion, I am yet to find accurate statistics on numbers in Africa as mostly its about approximation.
why do you want us to die
I think our resilience to the hardships in life can be attributed to the fact that we have come so far and have endured all sorts of suffering.
Africa has a low suicide rate because Africans are used to harsh confitions. This has hardened the African people and has made them not to easily give up on live. Africans are survivers and don’t give in or surrender no matter the hardships. This is the reason why there is low suicide rate in Africa.