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I don't know if this account is true or partly true or not - I only know that it shows that even the amazing are not so perfect as the movies will lead you to believe. I believe that there is truth in all things and ours is not to judge so harshly because we are not in their heads and hearts at all times.
Joy Adamson because of her "abrupt" manner was able to do things that a "nice" person could not, perhaps? It is a shame, however, that it can be so difficult for people to separate who to be difficult to and who not to in their lives.
This book was a good read, but like I said - probably shouldn't be taken as gospel.
The picture she painted of the seriousness and extent of the AIDS problem in Africa was well supported by her first-hand (if anecdotal) evidence. Subsequent developments have shown that her alarming portrayal was accurate, and hers was in print *years* before the authorities began to recognise the scope of the problem. She did an excellent job of illustrating the wide range of psychological devices used to deny or minimise the problem.
Her portrait of the plight of a well-informed woman who despaired of protecting herself against AIDS, saying "You just don't know what it means to be a woman in Africa" still haunts my memory.
Official accounts, however alarming, have not yet caught up with Murphy's detailing of the cultural and social situations that have made the present disaster inevitable. Slowly and belatedly, news accounts are reflecting what she told us years ago. She can hardly be faulted for failing to suggest a solution, when any solution must involve massive cultural change: iconceivable to the locals as well as to western liberals.
This is not a cheerful read, like some of her other books, but it may be one of her most important.
Bias note: I have read and enjoyed almost all of Dervla Murphy's books, and bought a couple. I'll buy the rest for my permanent library when cheaper paperbacks appear. I do not share her political views (which I believe are far to the left of mine), but I do not find that this has made her observations any less valuable. She has my respect.
As a Kenyan citizen and knowing how Moi has ruled for the past 24 years, I can see the motive of Morton's book as that of pleasing the SUBJECT in order to capitalise on the situation. Morton must have been definitely compromised, to please the establishment, thus not to write much negative things about Moi's person and rule.
There's more to Moi than one can extract from Morton's book. Hoping a future write-up will expose the areas that were left out.
This strange book is written by a Kenyan demographer who either ignores all this or is unaware of it. Oucho says that there has been a change in Kenya's demographic profile due to outmigration of tribes from their ethnic homelands. Colonialism only developed a part of Kenya (the highlands, kikuyuland, and Nairobi, Mombasa) which still attract local immigrants. Overall this has favoured the Kikuyu whose cunning,trickery,lies and hard work (believe it or not Oucho is that blunt) has earned then enormous riches, compared to other Africans. This Kikuyu domination is resented by all other tribes, so Kenya is in big trouble due to Kikuyu greed. This ethnic diatribe, blaming it all on Kikuyu greed and character flow, is the "undercurrents" of ethnic politicis in Kenya. True, some Kikuyus have made illegal fortunes in land transactions since independence but so have others as the crimes of the Moi regime now show.
What a big joke, this book is! Afrikaners ruling apatheid south Africa said so about their Jews. As do Indonesians of the Chinese minority. One logical answer to Oucho's problem would be some kind of final solution to the Kikuyu surely, even if Oucho never mentions that. He favours "positive" as opposed to "negative" conflict but fails to show how to prevent the Kikuyus from hijacking it for their selfish gain as he says they did in the three major parties involved in the 1992 multiparty elections.
In Holland there are still many right wing zealots and Anti-semites who preach as version of this odious theory,
rather than the proper findings of ethnic violence worldwide that we mentioned earlier. Had this book been publsihed in Holland there would have been an uproar. Oucho has his reason for writing it. Brill the publisher based in Leiden ought to be taken to task for publishing such an bizzare book basd on dangerous half-truths.
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