Is Africa just a Dark Continent

December 17, 2006 2:34pm CST
What is really in Africa? Do the people live in the wild with great big spiders and the big five? How far has civilization been embrassed in Africa? Is there anything great to see?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I am surprised that someone would post this ignorant question. If this isn't judgemental, discriminatory, racist, condescending and just plain stupid, I don't know what is. I'll be honest- I don't know a lot about Africa, but I am willing to learn about Africa and the problems it faces today. Africa is a huge continent with an underdeveloped economy, poor resources,and many corrupt governments. It is true that there are many native tribes living in the deserts, but to categorize the entire continent as barbarians living in the wild is crazy. There is a great (long) article at abut Africa: Let's all take a look at some of this information. Maybe it will help us to better understand why Africa is a continent in such dire need of global support and understanding right now. Maybe it will give us some insight into why HIV and AIDS is so rampant in areas of Africa. By the way, there are parts of Africa that are known to be popular tourist attractions. Africa's Top Ten Destinations, by Anouk Zijlma on which of Africa's destinations belongs on a "top 10" list is a fun problem to solve. Considering the incredible variety of sights the continent has to offer, should you include traditional tourist hot spots like Luxor (Egypt) or the topical sand dunes of Namibia? In fact, planning a vacation around any of these destinations would be worthwhile, but only these ten make my list of the best destinations in Africa: The Masai Mara, Kenya Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt Mystical Timbuktu, Mali The imperial city of Marrakech, Morocco The Virunga mountains in East/Central Africa for Gorilla Tracking The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, South Africa The spice island of Zanzibar The remote Omo River region, Ethiopia The highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania So, to answer the original question: No, I don't think that Africa is a Dark Continent.
• Namibia
18 Dec 06
The question was posed to provoke a discussion. It may seem ignorant and hash but many people out there have asked this question and some take it as a fact. I've been asked this type of question to many a times and we need to know where Africa is now and where it is heading. What can we do to show of the beauty and wonders of Africa?