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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 6 2013: I think of poverty, drought stricken regions of West Africa, with countless warlords and gangs driving around small Toyota trucks. My views are probably most influenced by the commercials for African charities, which feature impoverished areas, and from a book called "A Long Way Gone" by Ishamael Beah. This autobiographical book centered around the life of a boy living in war-torn Sierra Leon.
    I do realize this narrow perspective certainly does not describe most of this beautiful continent, but unfortunately, it is the FIRST thing that comes to mind...
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      Apr 9 2013: Hey Jonathan,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and clarifying what might have influenced your perspective on Africa. It is sad that quite a number of literature and media focus on negatives and rarely the positives. This has made people to associate Africa with poverty, war and neediness. The only positive thing that people might talk about is safari, wildlife because of geographical channels.
      I agree with your sentence "I do realize this narrow perspective certainly does not describe most of this beautiful continent". There is more to Africa that people need to know. Africa is the mother of love, greatness, natural resources, warm and caring people among other things. One way to learn and experience the hidden gem is by visiting Africa.....
      Love, Mary

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