Link Africa

A 3-year-old girl plays under an insecticide-treated mosquito net in Nairobi, Kenya

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Link Africa

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link Africa

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  • “without the lips, the teeth feel the cold” sums up exactly the relationship between Africa and China. Africa provides China with the market and the natural resources that China needs to keep its economy going, while China provides Africa with the legitimacy to keep its rulers in power, as well as investment and a development model alternative to that of the West.
  • “Investing in Africa’s women is a smart investment … Yet investing in Africa’s women scientists is the best bet,”
  • “Using their vast credibility, resources and media influence, donors project onto the public imagination an unbroken stream of corrosively negative information, images and emotions about the recipient country and its population, in order to prove that no cause is more heart-rending, more urgent, and more (nearly) hopeless. By the time their programme has moved on to the next deserving cause, the country’s image may have been blighted for generations, leaving a powerful psychological and emotional disincentive to trade, investment, tourism and growth”.
  • “Every day, a workforce of 1,000 locals pick, pack and load hundreds of tons of fresh produce onto waiting trucks, including 30 tons of tomatoes alone. After reaching the capital, Addis Ababa, the produce is flown to a handful of Middle Eastern cities, entirely bypassing Ethiopia, one of the hungriest places on the planet.”
  • “Football fans will perhaps be unsurprised to learn that the vuvuzela, whose apian drone soundtracked yet another summer of hurt, has blared its way into the dictionary’s pages. By being ushered into the dictionary, which is based on how language is really used, the metre-long plastic horn has cemented its immortality as well as its ubiquity”
  • Link Africa

    Yakubu Al Hassan, 20 mines for valuable materials at Africa's largest digital technology dump

    At Agbogboshie Market in Accra, computers and other secondhand equipment are taken apart and often burned to 
extract metals for resale. The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary 
Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal of 1989 prohibits the dumping of toxic waste in poor 
countries. Much of the equipment arrived as secondhand donations 
meant to reduce the “digital divide”  The site is associated with child trafficking, tribal rivalries, drug-related crime. Reports by Greenpeace and other international agencies detail massive emissions of noxious fumes,  and high levels poisonous chemicals found in the soil. [New York Times Magazine, Flavorwire]

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    wochena vs wosachena

    Came across this on the internet today and thought it was special and totally in the spirit of what we talk about here on Vuga!

    Duncan McNicholl is a Canadian engineer working with engineers without borders in Malawi and an avid photographer. After returning home from Africa in 2008, he had a strong reaction to the representations of Africans that he saw in the media.

    I compared these photos to my own memories of Malawian friends and felt lied to.  How had these photos failed so spectacularly to capture the intelligence, the laughter, the resilience, and the capabilities of so many incredible people? […] This is not to say that people do not struggle, far from it, but the photos I was seeing only told part of the story.  I thought that these images were robbing people of their dignity, and I felt that the rest of the story should be told as well.

    And so he came up with a project he calls “Perspectives of Poverty” in which he photographs Africans both in the stereotypical way that they are represented by the Western media, and the way in which they want to be seen.

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