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African Traveling by tucsonmike on 2 February 2010 12:23am
 
I just finished reading Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari.
Would have to think twice about traveling in Africa, now. He described it as a place where the locals resent what you have no matter how "on the cheap" you are traveling.
As with Dambisa Moyo, in her book about aid, aid to Africa seems to go nowhere. Beginning to think my father has always been right and Africa will always be a disaster. Anyone, who cares to disagree is welcome.
 
Re: African Traveling by Wild in Africa on 6 February 2010 11:36am
 
Yup Mike, I (naturally) disagree. There are shades of disaster everywhere (as I write this I am sitting in Khartoum; enough said!) but there are success stories as well. It's just the success stories aren't very newsworthy so don't make the headlines. Even quality writers like Paul Theroux tend to dwell on the more dramatic and sensational, as those stories sell their books.
Dambisa Moyo has some valid points and I also feel that trade is as valuable as aid but there is a place for aid although a lot has been mismanaged. Anyway I also have a position to defend as I have, and continue to have a career built around the aid business and Africa so have to go one believing to some extent it is all worthwhile.
 
Re: African Traveling by kazzzz on 6 February 2010 11:46am
 
If we all took a lot of notice of the negativity in these sort of books, noone would go anywhere!
 



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