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Amie: African Adventure
January 27, 2018
Up to a certain point in this story, I was able to relate to Amie. First, the fear of going to another country, where the culture was different from one's own. Second, the real "culture shock" is not going to such a country, but it is returning to your own culture after you've been away for a while. You expect the other culture to be different. But when you return to your previous life, you now see it through different eyes, your priorities in life have changed after seeing the poverty and other circumstances other people in the world live.
However, I have not lived the terror of being an expatriate in a country torn by civil war. Travelling into countries where armed guards partrol the borders was terrifying enough. Having to survive when being considered a criminal would be more than terrifying.
This book is well-written and brings the life of the African people to life. It shows the extremes in how people react to the conditions. From horror to acceptance. And it makes you wonder how much "right" others have to try to change the way people other than ourselves live. When, if ever, is it appropriate to intervene in the name of "humanity"?