This forest was not threatened by charcoal, paper, and timber merchants who cut down trees hundreds of years old. when it came to forest, indeed to any natural resource the Aburirian State and big American, European, and Japanese companies, in alliance with the local African, Indian, and European rich, were all united by one slogan: A loot-a continua. They knew how to take but not how to give back to the soil. The unregulated clearing of forests affected the rhythm of the rains, and a semidesert was beginning to creep from the prairie to the hills'
p.201 (2006) Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Wizard of the Crow. Harvill Secker.