Eugene Cho

Africa is beautiful: The danger of how we frame the story of other nations and people.

Thank you for your prayers.

After about two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania, I’m back in Seattle. I spent most of my time in Kenya to assess ODW’s partnerships and projects in response to the worst drought the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) has encountered in the past 60 years. I have some both encouraging stories and difficult stories to share – as well as images – some of which I’ll share and some that’s best not to share.

But before I share some upcoming posts about things that discouraged me, encouraged me, and the rise of skepticism and cynicism in development, I wanted to share a post detailing how much I’ve enjoyed my two weeks in Africa, my first trip to East Africa, and my third visit to this beautiful continent.

In fact, this post may be the most important of the ones I share about my trip – even if it doesn’t directly engage the main purpose of my trip: to assess ODW’s Horn of Africa response.

The responsibility in story-telling.

It’s important because the last thing I want to do is perpetuate a false picture of how Africans or for that matter, people of all “developing” countries are perceived as helpless, hungry, needy, incapable, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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A breathtaking convergence of Mt. Rainier, Space Needle, Seattle skyline, and clouds.

As I soak in this view, lifting a prayer for the people of Nepal, and specifically the city of Kathmandu. Why, hello Seattle. You are truly beautiful. The great, bright wheel of Seattle. Home sweet home. Well, farewell Australia. You've been swell. G'day mate. But can't wait to come back to Seattle. Miss my family and church so much. Umm, so Melbourne takes their street art/tagging/graffiti pretty seriously. Blocks after blocks.

my tweets

  • If we want to seek the peace of the city, we have to engage the conflicts of the city. In other words, peace is rarely possible w/o justice. || 1 hour ago
  • It's sad to see this kind of violence and rioting. It's also sad that so many feel it is the only way they can be heard. Lord, have mercy. || 3 hours ago
  • RT @OneDaysWages: You can make an impact in Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake. 100% of your donation goes to relief efforts. http://… || 10 hours ago
  • 940,000 children affected by Nepal earthquake are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Let's do what we can to help: onedayswages.org/nepal || 1 day ago
  • Let's do what we can.Give to the @OneDaysWages Nepal Relief Fund. 100% go directly to efforts: onedayswages.org/nepal http://t.co/a8H2HkKNja || 1 day ago
  • Can you help & share next tweet? @OneDaysWages is launching our Nepal Relief Fund. As always, 100% of donations go directly to efforts. || 1 day ago
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