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Daniel's Trip to South Africa

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Day 8

Today was a bit more serious than the other days that we have had in Africa. We were introduced to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the apartheid issue that plagued South Africa. We started our day by visiting the apartheid museum. The visit made me reflect upon my personal history as well as the history of my own nation and caused me to look at human nature in a whole new way. Visiting the museum made me realize that we as humans do not always treat each other as we should. It made me examine the entire history of humanity and notice that whether you are talking about the Egyptians and Hebrews, the Mongols and the Chinese, the Germans and Eastern Europe, or the US Civil Rights Movement, people have treated other people in derogatory manners because of simple culture or phyiscal differences. Why is man so petty that is quarrels over simple things? Why can't we all live in a world were we are all accepted for who we are? These are the questions that have baffled
man for millenia and have caused countless wars. When the day comes that people can just "be" we will have universal peace. Next we visited a center for children that have been effected by AIDS. Truly, I was a bit nervous to interact with people who were infected. I know it is silly, but I was just a little freaked. However, after I began to interact with the kids I forgot all about the illness and realized that they were just kids who need love. After all we are all technically decading and dying, those kids just know what is doing it. It has been an overwheling day an we leave for Kruger tomorrow so I need to get to sleep. Good Night.



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Essential Programs Details

Duration 12 days
When June 2nd - 13th, 2009
Focus Wildlife Research/Conservation
Political History