Saturday, January 05, 2008

Africa is BIG! How Big is Africa?

Africa is a continent and a big one. Much happens there that most us never hear about. What we are aware of often makes us shutter and cringe - slavery in Mauritania, gunfights in the city streets of Somalia, genocide in Rwanda and Sudan, proto-genocide in Kenya, ebola outbreaks in Uganda, near starvation in the former breadbasket Zimbabwe, the kidnapping of Chadian children by French aid workers and Malawian kids by Madonna, and of course, Oprah's attempts to educate all Africans to the blessings of O.

But what do we really know about the "Dark Continent"? Do we even know the simplest things about Africa, like how big is it compared to where we live? Probably not, so here is a good comparison map of Africa overlaid with other continents and countries -

Wow! That's really BIG!

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You know....that picture really does put size into perspective.


Tom C said...

Uh.... is now a good time for the size doesn't matter joke?

Indigo Red said...

Sure, Tom. It better be a really big joke, though.

The perspective, Word, was one I learned many years ago, but it's so easy to forget what Africa really looks like. The size blew me away again.

bernie said...

I linked to your article from mine: Africa better off under Colonial Rule