A New Zealand friend sent me a piece by author James Jackson about Africa. It was depressing and spoke of Africa’s word associations — Famine. Drought. Conflict. Cruelty. Machetes. Child Soldiers. Massacres. Diamonds. Warlords.Tyranny. Corruption. Despair. Disease. Aids. Africa. She asked whether I agreed. I have just returned from Uganda.
I don’t agree. I detected signs that reminded me of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia 20-30 years ago — hugely intelligent and motivated people picking their way through bad government. Back in the 60s & 70s, there was famine in China, genocide in Cambodia, war in Vietnam and poverty throughout Asia. Back in the 1940s there was hunger, cruelty, massacres, tyranny corruption, disease and despair in Europe — for the second time that century.
It is not Africa. It is the way the human spirit is mismanaged.