Image of Afrika
I am not surprised.During the events that followed that most tragic earthquake in Haiti a year and some months ago, the teacher in our language class was teaching us the meaning of the word fattig in Norwegian. It means 'poor'. She gave examples only of countries of the Africa in her mind. That is the Africa I write with' c' prefering the 'k' which Norwegians use but miss the point on poverty.
My son had already complained about this in his junior classes. He told me they were utterly uncomfortable in class. He was 14 then. He told me he had to tell the teacher that there is a big difference also regarding particulars. That Afrika is not one thick bush full of mountain guerillas and no people... He told his teacher that the difference between Ghana- Gold Coast- and Somalia was immense. That Afrika is not really poor. But the media, supports his teacher...There is poverty in the rest of the world you know.
And we do not like poverty. We work hard. Yes, it is true that children in Zimbabwe and Somalia have been in the news. Dying of starvation in Somalia where not much is said of Aids. And of Aids in Zimbabwe. Yes, it was heartrending and so awful to hear the little girl tell the story of the death of her mother. To see her mother looking like a cross at the bones as her skeleton sticks out in bed. Yes, this is Afrika. It is hard to tell you we do not want to deny this. We do not. And we know you say news is when a man bites a dog.. and not the other way around.. but at the moment, the world would actually be refreshed and find it really good news.. if you showed a healing Africa, happy children tugging at Mama's breasts.. and playing. Yes, we can still come to poverty.. In poverty, there is a very thin line between reducing the evil to the person. We need to cloak the poor in dignity. But more than that we need truths like this one here in a link. Then we shall know who killed those little ones. And a blame game is not enough. It is not. We have to rise above it in dignity and DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE! including telling the news in many formats that empower rather than disempower..