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Notes from Africa 2005

 

August 2005, notes on African life …


 

…  I meet Joseph again, my ‘taxi’ driver: we drive along in the dark. The road is a disaster, just a mud track.“Don’t they repair the roads?” Joseph, calm and philosophic as usual replies: “Oh yes, just before the elections!”

… the edge of the slums : vast no man’s land, cut in half by the railway track which also functions as a market place and a resting place for all the people who walk along the tracks, whereto?

… 200 children, in a line, waiting to receive a cup of gruel, for some the only meal of the day.

… working around the table with the women in charge of the Mbuya project, columns of numbers, totals, and receipts shared over cups of tea.

Notes from Africa

« There is an Africa of tragedy and famine, of corruption and war, of blood and hunger and tears, of incurable disease and tribal clashes (...). There is a different side to this ancient land. The place which still has what most of the world has lost. Space. Roots. Traditions. Stunning beauty. True wilderness. Rare animals. Extraordinary people. »

Kuki Gallmann (Night of the Lions)