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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 9 2013: If I was to go solely by what my impressions would be if dictated by the media: War, poverty, illness, mud-huts.

    If I was to go solely by my personal exploration, knowledge through aid workers and friends (i.e/ What really comes to mind) :
    Friendly people, short hair, singing, societal disparity through political issues.

    I mentioned both because I do see why most people immediately think what they do when they hear 'Africa'.
    We have a media that both
    1. Focuses on the negatives for the sake of profits
    2. Has persistent commercials that ask for aid
    This makes Africas problems (Sub-saharan Africa, I should be saying) a statistical nightmare for its plight to be seen disporportionately.
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      Apr 11 2013: Hi Xavier,
      You are so right about the media. The impression I am getting is that the media has successful painted a picture of "dark continent" painted with war, poverty, illness, and many other challenges. ( I bet it is time for a different media to paint a different picture...lol)
      I love your interest in learning about Africa through aid workers and friends...and truly the information you have gathered is on point.....I would generally point that African are friendly...singing and dancing is part of life, short hair for the majority and yes societal disparity through political issues and cultural intolerance.....
      NB/You have surely put the media into it right place.....and surely the message that is been spread has negatively directly and indirectly affected Africa....for instance, If the rest of the world knew that I had to cross ridges and valleys to see mud-huts, then they would recognize there is more to Africa than poverty and neediness. (Even to me as an African, seeing mud-hut is a safari/tour I have to make)
      Love, Mary

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