Saturday, May 10, 2008

African stories on NRP

I heard an interesting story this morning about the murder and legacy of the Congo's first leader of the postcolonial era, Patrice Lumumba. I don't know much about Lumumba yet, but a documentary about him looks like a good place to start.

Yesterday, as I was driving my Sudanese friend Joseph home from graduation, we heard this NPR story about Lost Boy Emmanuel Jal, now a successful musician. As Jal was describing walking to Ethiopia, then back to Sudan, and living through those incredibly difficult years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I turned to Joseph and said, "can you believe that you were there, too, and now you are here, in Fargo ND, a graduate of NDSU?" He said he couldn't believe it. A couple of good stories linked here, too.

NPR is doing a heck of a job covering African stories.

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