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Most people in Norway, or Europe or the Western world, don’t know much about Africa, they don’t really care. And most of us are, sadly, misinformed on important matters. This bothers me and it bothers me deeply. So deeply, in fact, that I spend a lot of energy trying to spread different stories about Africa. I try to spread things I know through reading countless books and things I know through having lived in Tanzania for a few years.
For the most part I write.
I write blog posts and I put them out there in the world. You can’t force anyone to care, or to listen to or read your words. All you can do is put it out there and hope for the best.
Why is this so important to me?
In order for anyone to understand the world we are living in, we need to know what’s going on, and we need to know what has happened before, making things the way they are today. We need more knowledge to understand the world.
We need to respect other people. I strongly believe that all human beings are equal, but we are being fed a picture of Africans as somewhat less civilized than ourselves. This does not lead to respect.
There isn’t much I can do to correct all that is wrong in this picture, but I will do what little I can. If, say, one hundred people read a blog post where I talk about how tribes were, in large part, a colonial invention, maybe it can change the perspective of at least a few of them, at least a little bit, at least for a little while. It’s not much, but it’s something.
So I write.
Note: Please check out her blog Rotrock!
I used to work as a catering chef for film shoots, and whenever there was leftover food we would take home a big container, heat it and serve it to the homeless in my neighbourhood.
I also do graphic design, and designed the old website for Genser Uten Grenser, a project started by Leo who was in prison in India and experienced first hand what lack of warm clothing actually means. Friends, like myself, back in Norway collected 4 tons of second hand clothes and sent them to India where they were distributed. We all did this on a non-profit basis, naturally. This project has now grown, and is an active voluntary NGO.