Magazine article New Internationalist

An African Village

Magazine article New Internationalist

An African Village

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A single African village? Why should we read about that? That might very well be your response when you see the title of this issue. And if I add that this village is in one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, in an unpromising environment far from the nations capital, you might be even more reluctant to turn the page.

But you can often learn a lot more by looking at the lives of people in one small community than by reading a thousand learned tomes full of theories and statistics. That's certainly been true for me. I spent my 30th birthday in this village, Sabtenga, in 1985. Its people invited me into their homes, told me their life stories and suddenly I understood, in a way that I never had before, how much I had in common with them - despite all the vast differences in culture, education and wealth. …

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