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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 20 2013: Unfortunately, the first things that come into my mind are poverty and the aids epidemic. And the fact that there is a surprising amount of discriminatory policies in Canada regarding Africains and the continent in general. For instance, the first time I donated blood I had to fill out a questionnaire to see if I met the criteria of a successful candidate. Among some of the ridiculous questions (had I handled monkey fluids?), one question in particular stood out to me: Have you ever been to Africa? In the event that you had been, you would not be able to donate blood. To this day this still sounds ridiculous to me.
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      Apr 20 2013: Hey Jessica,
      Thanks for sharing your thought. OMG......it is ridiculous to me too. After reading your example and I didn't know what to say other than it is quite ridiculous....
      And yes Africans faces challenges such as poverty and diseases...the great thing is that Africa as a continent coupled with caring people outside Africa has more resources and power to overcome some of this challenges. I hope we move to this direction of solving our issues soon than later.
      Love, Mary

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