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impressions and considarations

I have been to Africa once. I flew to Cape Town in 2006 and spent two weeks living in parish house in a township. Townships were created as living areas for non-whites in old political system of Aparthaid. The one I stayed in was not even recommended for guided tours as the crime rate was one of the highest among all townships around Cape Town. To give you a picture how unsafe the area was I have got two examples at hand.
Firstly, when I was out to have a few drinks in the downtown with people I met at school ( I attanded an English course to improve my English) and it got late, well, it was midnight and I wanted to find a taxi to take me back home. Everytime I got in tha cab and told the driver where I want him to take me they all at once refused saying that that is the part of the city they don't drive in. Eventually, after 10 minutes of talking to cab drivers, I found a young guy who agreed to drive me there only because he said he had known I was not a local citizen otherwise he woundn't have dared to go there.
Secondly, at the last day or one day before last day of my departure the rector of the parish I stayed in (the only white in the township) took me to vist one of his closest altar servants to have a cup of tea and show me what is a middle class standard of living in the South African township. The conversation flew nicely and I found this family as very clever, intresting and open people. Just before we left the house a man (the altar servent) asked me weather I knew the nickname of this township. I did not have the foggiest idea so I enthusiasticly encauraged him to tell me and you might imagine how surprised I was to hear the answer. 'Kill me qucik' he said shortly. I was luckly I was leaving soon and I looked with far more respect to the priest who was a guide of unknow world to me. His mission was to live there and until now it has not been complited yet.
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Last week I watched two great films featuring Africa and Africans and their everyday problems. I refer to 'The last king of Scotland' and 'Blood diamond'. Both of them impressed me a great deal and left me with so many questions its hard to find clear answers. I feel so sorry for people living in the South African townships, those being killed senselessly in Uganda and abused, tortured and injured in Sierra Leone diamond conflict.
To generalize I could say that the modern history of African countries and their independance is very bloody. Is it because their leaders are not ready to take a moral responsibility to lead their nations towards democracy or the blame game we should start pointing a finger at the former colonial powers like Great Britain and others. Are there any other factors that influance the reality of Africa ?
I am sure there are.

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Posted by tomik 13:57

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