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Dear IF readers,

Jim Zuckerman's photos

Please CLICK HERE and take the photographic journey of Africa with Jim Zuckerman in our Travel section.  It will take your breath away.

The African Renaissance is the concept that African people and nations overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, economic, etc. renewal. This concept has been popularized by South African President Thabo Mbeki. This was first articulated in the 1990s; it continues to be a key part of the post-apartheid intellectual agenda.  Source: www.wikipedia.org

AfricaAfrica is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area.[2] With about 922 million people (as of 2005)[3] in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.2% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. There are 53 countries, including Madagascar and all the island groups.
Africa, particularly central eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae tree (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their possible ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago – including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (human) found in Ethiopia being dated to ca. 200,000 years ago.[4]

Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.[5] Because of the lack of natural regular precipitation and irrigation as well as glaciers or mountain aquifer systems, there is no natural moderating effect on the climate except near the coasts.[citation needed
SOURCE: www.wikipedia.org

The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda's minority Tutsis and the moderates of its Hutu majority. Over the course of approximately 100 days, from April 6 through to mid July, at least 500,000 people were killed.[1] Most estimates are of a death toll between 800,000 and 1,000,000.[2]

Rwanda Today.  To find out about the rebirth and growth of Rwanda today, go to the government site, http://www.gov.rw/

 

Haile Gebreselassie,

Ethiopia. 
Sets a new world record at the Berlin Marathon.

(Ge'ez:, haylē gebre silassē; born April 18, 1973) is an Ethiopian long distance track and road running athlete. Gebreselassie has achieved major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and the marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career. He has broken 26 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.
Source: www.wikipedia.org


 
 


Darfur – Book recommendation

The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur

Available and Source:
http://www.amazon.com











Education programs that IF magazine is following in Africa:

KnowledgeBeat

Source: Jessica Long, Education Exchange, International Family Magazine

The idea for KnowledgeBeat arrived after she spent several months in Zambia involved in an environmental conservation program. The unplanned time abroad proved to be more powerful than she could have ever conceived. “Watching children go to school every day and sit in empty classrooms listening to teachers speak from memory alone, opened my eyes to a reality far removed from the one I had grown up knowing. The absence of resources was heartbreaking but the spirit of the children, the teachers and the community was inspiring.” (Annie Hazelhurst, KnowledgeBeat)

With a mission to deploy a standard education program in rural schools in Zambia, KnowledgeBeat is working to develop a successful collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Education, to cultivate a model education system that can easily and effectively be dispersed throughout Zambia.

In less than two months, three of the four talented co-founders of KnowledgeBeat will dedicate the summer months to solidifying the initial aspects of this program. These three exceptional ladies from California will embark to Zambia in hopes of accomplishing a mission, to beat the odds in this whirlwind of life and achieve their goal; the goal to empower the lives of the current and future youth of Zambia. My small part in this grand developmental process will involve following their progress, admiring their strength and sharing their story with those who are willing to listen. To find out more about KnowledgeBeat, visit

http://www.KnowledgeBeat.org

Infinite Family

Infinite Family works with children of A.I.D.S. epidemic that have lost families and therefore need educational mentors.  Infinite Family looks to link mentors on the net to children in Africa, build a remote but powerful relationship that will carry the children through.

For more and to watch their videos: www.infinitefamily.org



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