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Dust from Our Eyes
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Whether speaking with an African grandmother over 100 years old, interviewing an African inventor, or working with African journalists, Joan Baxter has been repeatedly struck by the diversity of Africa and the resilience and spirit of its people. In this book she shares how living in Africa opened her eyes not only to injustices Africans have faced but also to the strengths and cultures that have helped them weather adversity. As she erodes the tired stereotypes of the western media, Joan Baxter leads us to question, as she herself did, the approach of the western mindset. She aims to help readers to understand the continent, its triumphs and its problems, and she provides compelling evidence of the need for westerners to scrutinise their own countries' policies at home and abroad and to do more to support Africans working to solve the problems they face.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I Breaking the heart-shaped continent 1 Who's crazy? 2 No longer ourselves 3 The case there for God 4 Miracles, marabouts and magic 5 Burying African hopes 6 Greasing the political gears 7 You are a good friend and we welcome you 8 Austerity ... for some Part II The inevitable curse 9 Coffin of gold 10 All that glitters ... is taken away 11 Washing the blood from the diamonds 12 Strategic minerals, strategic games 13 Cotton-pickin' hypocrisy 14 Why do you bring your mistakes here? Part III Everyone is waving at me 15 Lots to sing about 16 The library is burning 17 View from Timbuktu

About the Author

Joan Baxter worked as an anthropologist in Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana and Kenya for 25 years, and reported for the BBC World Service and many other media.

Reviews

I learned an enormous amount from this fine book and am angrier than ever at the great damage so many western governments, institutions and businesses routinely inflict on Africans. Dust from our Eyes should be compulsory reading for all Westerners. Gerald Caplan, author of The Betrayal of Africa Before we blame Africans for the corruption, chaos and anarchy - across their continent, we should determine who the corrupters are, how they corrupt, and why they are permitted to continue. A course in Exploitation 101 might well prescribe Dust from our Eyes as its text. Judy Kennedy, The CCPA Monitor Even while tackling so many politically charged issues, Dust from our Eyes remains a deeply human book, with a narrative and a set of interviews running through every chapter. This is a compelling work that could change your perspective on Africa and the West's impact there. Joseph Howse, The Chronicle Herald

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