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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 12 2013: When I read your question, the first thing that popped into my mind was a mango. Delicious, ridiculously ripe and perfect mangoes. Then music, then the moon, then yassa poulet (food again!). Then rampant sexism. Then images of stunningly beautiful people, especially women, with these amazingly regal postures and ways of walking. Next I think of this horrible article I read about parents fleeing Sudan and having to leave their child to die in the desert, in order to save the healthier child and hope they made it across the desert and across the border.

    I think of all the cool people I met in Dakar and St Louis. Next, dusty and tired and man, it is way too hot and humid and look at those cockroaches. Finally, a disabled local man in a market square primarily trafficked by tourists, yelling at us for being white. Last, I think of bells ringing out for evening prayer at the mosque.
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      Apr 17 2013: Hi Tiffany,
      Thanks for sharing your experience in Dakar. Africa is a great place with beautiful people with some grueling challenges that needs to be addressed.
      After the experience can you go back to African countries?
      Thanks
      Love, Mary

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