Beauty. Innocence. Hope. The Real Africa by @HaleyBehre


Beauty. Innocence. Hope.

Those are the three words that come to mind when I think of Africa, but it is a vision that not many get to see first hand.

Instead, people see death, disease and disrepair when they think of Africa because that is what is portrayed in the news.

And to tell you the truth, it was what I thought of Africa before I visited the continent.

My stay was very brief— only one month in Kenya— but that glimpse left a lasting impression.

The customs are different, the government is corrupt and death and disease are present— this is all true— but then again, a society’s customs will always be different to someone, a government is always corrupt to some extent and death and disease will be present wherever you may go.

So then why does this define Africa  according to the “West”?


Ignorance has…

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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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