"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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Anderson Cooper went to Goma! In high school, when he reported for Channel One, it seemed like they had a death wish for him - they sent him to Somalia and Rwanda and Bosnia and all the other miserable, forgotten places at the edges of the earth. So why not Goma?

Actually an Actuary let me know that there are a couple of his pieces from there up on cnn.com this week - check them out:

  • Here's a good, oversimplified video introduction to Congo's history.
  • Here's a piece about the gorillas and the conservationists efforts to help them. I don't know Patrick the conservationist, but those park rangers are part of my friend Rob's well-trained rapid response force in Virunga National Park. Yay, Rob!
Tonight Cooper will be talking about the relationship between our cell phones and Congo's misery.

Thanks to Actually an Actuary for the tip.


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