Thursday, February 22, 2007

Missed opportunity

Deutsche Welle ran a brief piece on Henning Mankell. In it, the Swedish author argues that westerners know all about death in Africa, but little about life on the continent.

He is quite correct in his assertions about western media coverage of Africa focuses exclusively on death, disease and destruction. It's just too bad piece focused more on Mankell's denunciations of western countries' role in African corruption and the brain drain from the continent to the west. While I don't disagree with a word he said, it's unfortunate that he apparently missed an opportunity to actually talk about how people live in various parts of Africa.

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