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Doug
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What do you honestly think of Africa? When I meet people from other countries and mention that I'm South African,  they usually bring up Nelson Mandela or ask if wild animals roam the streets (the answer to that question is: Rarely). I'm interested to know what the first thing is you think of when someone asks you to describe Africa? I'd also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the world's second largest continent.
2 de abr de 2018 9:53
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Colonialism. Nice black people oppressed by white westerners.
2 de Abril de 2018

I have different associations when it comes to Africa, but one that is stuck in my head is colonization and exploitation by countries who are nowadays the best sellers of democracy, human rights, freedom and religions beliefs. The fact that the crime of apartheid hasn't been recognized as a crime against humanity, defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, only by these countries says actually more about them than Africa itself.  

There was one similar discussion where I've already expressed my opinion and other members, too: 

https://www.italki.com/discussion/167691


2 de Abril de 2018

An analogue discussion was started some weeks ago and I wrote “the cradle of humanity “.

I rewrite it here since it is correct. Humankind started in Africa and from there colonized the whole world.

But Doug how can we speak about a whole continent which is so diverse, geographically and culturally? So many languages? I would like to ask YOU if you think that there are common values and identies among the inhabitants of your continent.

If you ask me what I think about South Africa I also tell you that I admire Nelson Mandela and how south Africans were able to overcome Apartheid. I am hoping that this model of reconciliation will be adopted by many more countries in the world.

Ah...and I am (almost) able to make the click sound of Xhosa language that was popularized by Miriam Makeba song Qongqothwane.

2 de Abril de 2018
World cup
2 de Abril de 2018
Dragana - thanks for your insightful answer and the link. Yes, for Capitalism to work some countries need to be kept poor so others can profit from them.
3 de Abril de 2018
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Doug
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