The Displaced View of Africa

3 Apr


I wanted to take a break from all the fashion/beauty blogging for a second and talk about something else that is quite important. I grew up in an Ethiopian family with very patriotic parents. If you know Ethiopia, you know it is what everything Africa stands for: Hope, Freedom and Goodwill. I was born in Ethiopia but left at a very young age, so young in fact, that I can’t remember anything. Due to this fact, my parents know that I would grow up with a westernized view on everything and anything. From a young age, they taught me not to believe everything on the media. Take the Great Famine in Ethiopia in the 90’s, this particular event was broadcasted around the world and put a completely wrong and displaced view into everyone living in the West. Now, when you ask someone, “What can you tell me about Ethiopia?” They’ll answer “It’s a poor country”. Even the highly intelligent ones will only probably be able to muster out something about Emperor Menelik II or Haile Selassie.

This is what I don’t understand and believe is wrong. Obviously because I am Ethiopian I would know what it is really like, but it hurts inside that such a beautiful and unique place, that still carries out traditions from thousands of years ago, should be portrayed as a politically disturbed country with nothing going for it. This applies not only to Ethiopia, but the rest of Africa as well. The whole continent has become a stereotype. Africa is the first place that comes to mind when you say ‘Famine’ but the last when people think ‘unique landscape’ or ‘diverse people’.

I really hope that this issue is pinpointed in the coming years and Africa will be known as a continent of hope and strength.

Thank you for reading! Have any questions want to find out more? Tweet me at @NatanimF.

All my love,

Nat x

3 Responses to “The Displaced View of Africa”

  1. Samuel April 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I like your thoughts, but, why should you have to make publicity for the diabolic organization that calls itself, “Amnesty International”. Didn’t your parents teach you not to believe everything on the media? LOL!

    • Thoughtful Thoughts April 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      I am not making publicity for anyone! I am very involved with Amnesty International and frequently attend their events. They are in no means ‘diabolic’. They have been working at the UN for many years and have contributed to the development of human rights. It’s my own choice to have them on my blog 🙂

  2. Samuel April 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Then, please do ask them and yourself why they hate black African states. Well, sister, I say this not to instill fear, but as it has already been told, in the end times, citizens who willingly serve serve the Beast and idolize the world rulers and marvel at worldly power and became their tools. If you have time you need to abandon this organization, the sooner the better for you, and your family. Blessings!

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