Monday, December 01, 2008

I still need Africa more than Africa needs me

I blogged last Monday about why I need Africa more than Africa needs me. The following are some thoughts from Mocha Club, the organization that is behind this campaign.
"When I think of Africa, the following images immediately come to mind: Starvation. AIDS. Child soldiers. Genocide. Sex slaves. Orphans. From there, my thoughts naturally turn to how I can help, how I can make a difference. “I am needed here,” I think. “They have so little, and I have so much.” It’s true, there are great tragedies playing out in Africa everyday. There is often a level of suffering here that is unimaginable until you have seen it, and even then it is difficult to believe. But what is even harder is reconciling the challenges that many Africans face with the joy I see in the people. It’s a joy that comes from somewhere I cannot fathom, not within the framework that has been my life to this day. [read more]"
Also, go check out this video.


  1. David, good thoughts. Africa has been on my mind recently also. TED global has some really illuminating and thought-provoking videos from their Africa conference. I found this one to be one of the most though-provoking:

  2. That link's too big, but you can check them all out on I was linking Andrew Mwenda's talk "Let's take a new look at African aid."