What are your views about Africa?

@jfa626 (32)
United States
November 4, 2006 2:52am CST
Do not be afraid to say what you really think about Africa. For decades there have been very negative images and approach about the continent. Your answers will help clean up the mess created by the media by giving you Africa's real face which includes wealth, poverty, and solid rich culture.
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10 responses
• United States
4 Nov 06
I have visited several countries on the African continent. The people I met were kind and generous and as curious about me as I was about them. We have all seen the photos of various famous places, and I will add to see them in person is an awesome experience.
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@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Where did you visit?
• United States
5 Nov 06
Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, just to name a few
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
beautiful! Did you notice any differences between the places your visited?
@alien_0731 (1238)
• India
4 Nov 06
africa is a nice country i love to see SAFFARI
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@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Africa is a continent.
@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
5 Nov 06
I think Africa is a beautiful but unfortunate nation.Take the AIDS crisis, why didn't the government feel it was neccessary to educate the masses before it got so out of control? The people are beautiful and childlike for the most part and that is part of the problem. By all rights, Africa should be a wonderfully prosperous nation with a bright future.I would like to see our government get off its butt and lend a helping hand.Not a hand out and not another war.
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Thank you for the comment. However; don't mistaken humbleness and friendliness for "childlike" as you mentioned. The people of Africa are not childlike, they are misguided, misinformed and sometime helpless. The Western Powers are the main one profiting from Africa's richness and it's killing and disabling many African nation. This is just another form of genocide. Yes, you are right, Africa does not need another hand out and war created by Western Powers. Unfortunately, these are exactly the strategies used by Western Powers to rob Africa's richness. Conflicts are created to ease the way for Western Powers to dig in the rich soils and then they return to give hand outs after the wars_the good guys.
• United States
5 Nov 06
Misguided,misinformed and helpless are all qualities of being "childlike". I did not say this to offend. I want to see Africa rise up and stand on her own. The "helping hand" that I mentioned would be education, quality healthcare and to stop raping the land. I believe that Africa wants to be a wonderful,powerful nation and has the potential to be. She just needs a little help to get there. Unfortunatley, I do not see that help comimg anytime soon and it's a real shame.
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
7 Nov 06
You're right, everybody are making profit from Africa's rich soil and resources except the people of Africa...it's more political and greed than anything else and we have a long way to go...unfortunately anybody who tries to go against the force is labeled a "terrorist" and the ugly truth about the raping of Africa's land remains oblivious or ignored by the media. It's a high price to pay for anyone to stand up completely...take a look at the Election going on the Congo (DRC) as an example...We have the Western Powers trying to impose an illegitimate president who's not even a Citizen of the country who refused to have a presidential debate (because he can't even speak the language that well, first of all) and has a salary of $400k a month...there are cheating, misleading and treats going on just so that he can win! This is why I disagree with the "childlike" comment because you have to take a closer look and see that the situation is much deeper and dangerous.
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@sevenseas (754)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Considering Africa is a continent, not a county, it's hard to generalize since each area can be quite different in politics and revenue. I think some of those countries need their leadership cleaned out and perhaps consolidate or get guidance from some of the neighboring countries who are doing better. The US, as well as other countries, do pour lots of money into the worse off countries where famine and aids is such as astronomical problem, but it's not a long term solution. Long term govermental overhauling and education is the only way to get these countries back on their feet. Originally, I think this was planned to be a UN project, but they can't seem to keep their hands out of the cookie jar either. So, the help is available, but until someone can figure out a way to implement it, it's a fruitless attempt to change the lives of these people. I personally think in some areas, they were happier living tribal lives and being left alone. Progress only served to steal away their identity and collective resources.
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Very thoughtful comment! I agree entirely, but you need to look deeper into the US interest in Africa because they're more than a helping hand. The US, too, can't keep their hands out of the cookie jar and that's overshadowed by "the helping hand" Africa receives. Believe me, there more benefit for the US than Africa. I agree with the identity of the regional people are being stripped away due to technology and today's advanced world. I know some very educated men who have chosen to move back to their region for a simpler life. However, with today's progression, there are some sources that can better the life of those living in the regions...tools and technology that can save lives and aid in providing for their everyday habitual.
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Very thoughtful comment! I agree entirely, but you need to look deeper into the US interest in Africa because they're more than a helping hand. The US, too, can't keep their hands out of the cookie jar and that's overshadowed by "the helping hand" Africa receives. Believe me, there more benefit for the US than Africa. I agree with the identity of the regional people are being stripped away due to technology and today's advanced world. I know some very educated men who have chosen to move back to their region for a simpler life. However, with today's progression, there are some sources that can better the life of those living in the regions...tools and technology that can save lives and aid in providing for their everyday habitual.
• United States
6 Nov 06
Africa is a beautiful continent of vast cultures and languages, I wish to go there sometime soon, I would love to take a ghanaian beading class there, plus I wish to help many of the suferes there, afica has many problems, but there are soultions
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I commend you for your humanitarian ways. There's a solution to every problem. The problem with many people's view of Africa is that the problem will never go away. When we start thinking positively and erase the negativity, we will begin to see the difference.
@Juli_angel (1063)
• Israel
5 Nov 06
you know, i like africa. my only problem is that i think it's too hot there...
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Go to Lubumbashi in DRC (A.K.A. Congo and Zaire), it's kind of cold...you'll experience the same kind of weather similar to Los Angeles but the rainy season is more beautiful.
• India
4 Nov 06
it is a poor country,with black pearson.I think not like that.ther ar some people good people with more and more respect giving men.
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Africa is a continent. I'm glad you think higher of Africa.
@cyfernet (2384)
• United States
4 Nov 06
It must be too much hot
@jfa626 (32)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Believe it or not, some areas are cold and the rain is beautiful.
@cobuss (13)
• South Africa
5 Nov 06
Africa is my home. There is no place like home. I live in South Africa. It's a beautiful and diverse country like the rest of the continent. It is also unfortunately the only continent that is entirely Third World. All states are Third world. It is the poorest continent. Poor people get exploited by the rich and get poorer. Global warming is making its mark in a very big way especially due to the fact that this is an agricultural continent more than enaything else. There are much to say about some states within this continent, both good and very bad and ugly.
@suzieque (2335)
• Canada
5 Nov 06
I haven't been to Africa myself. But from what I've seen from the television is that there are lot of people in horrible conditions. There's always a program on TV, trying to get everyone to sponser a child there. So it seems like Africa is a poor, undeveloped country. And I've heard that a 2/3 people in Africa is suffering from Aids.