Erase stereotypes of Africa

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Before I went to Africa, I must admit that I only thought Africa was plagued with death, AIDs and poverty.

Oh, how I was wrong!

Africa is the prettiest place I have been. It is filled with happiness, infrastructure and brilliant minds.

The landscape is simply breathtaking. Nothing like I have ever seen before.

Mombasa, Kenya

While the people are not as wealthy as the west, they are happier than them. They are not consumed by materialistic things. They live simply, which has led them to pure happiness. Something the west only longs for.

And the country is filled with brilliant minds and innovative technology that has not even reached America yet.

Africa is not a place filled with death, AIDs and poverty. Yes, those things do exist there, but they also exist in every part of the world.

Please help erase the stereotypes of Africa. The continent deserves to be seen for EVERYTHING it is, not only the darkness.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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