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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.


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  • Apr 4 2013: exotic, incredible animals, frightening with civil wars, poverty, famine, girls still sold in marriage, female genital mutilation, drought, and possibly the birthplace of all humans
    have been told that parts of Africa are some of the most beautiful places on this planet
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      Apr 5 2013: Hey Cynthia,
      Yes Africa is the mother and father of incredible amazing animal and beautiful sceneries. This part of the world has unexplainable beauty and yet we sometime chose to taint it with civil strife and war and some outdated cultural practices. The FGM is still there..(sad practice) but I am glad it is declining and people are slowly adopting to humane practices. .....Early marriage is something that particular tribe still practices (consoling fact: it is declining)......I always love to entertain the thought of Africa been the birthplace of all humans...it give me hope.
      Love, Mary
      • Apr 5 2013: Incredible people, special empowered women like you, who are walking their talk, giving back, and being of service, that too gives me great hope. Thank you for your most gracious response.
        I am so happy to hear from you that girls and women are receiving more equality. As a westerner I know I cannot really understand some cultural traditions that have existed for centuries.

        Peace & Love, Cynthia
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          Apr 9 2013: Hey Cynthia,
          Thanks for the sweet reply and vote of confidence Cynthia. And yes, being a westerner is quite hard to understand African cultural traditions. I too find it hard to identify with some cultural traditions such as FGM and Early Marriage....
          I thank westerners and the global at large i.e those people who have put resources and effort to empowering African women and girls...and I bet with sharing of information (internet) Africa is opening up and women and girls equality is not far fetched...

          Love, Mary

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