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Animals And African Warriors For Sale At Joburg's Airport

Gallery of the problematic animals and African warriors for sale at Joburg airport's international terminal.


International airports tend to essentialize their local "culture" better than any travel agent's office could ever hope to. Beefeaters lead arriving passengers to the luggage carousel at London's Heathrow airport, yellow cabs and red apples illustrate the fast-paced vibe of the Big Apple at New York City's JFK airport, and when you hit the international terminal at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo airport you better believe you're practically on a wild safari complete with every problematic image of Africa under the hot magical sun. Take all of Bono's charities, all travel articles about Africa, and all Hollywood film renditions of the African warrior and combine them in one place with price tags: this is O.R. Tambo's international terminal. I could ramble on about how these images fit neatly into the long lineage of Africa's subjugation, but that'd be trite. We all know why Tarzan and The Lion King aren't cool, but it's still funny/troubling to check out the various absurd products that culminate into the commoditization of Africa; everything from a furry bottle of Wild Africa Cream Liqueur, to posters advertising a "Safari Toy Drive" (whatever that is). Above is a slideshow of images I took on my iPhone while waiting for a return flight to NYC.

 

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.