By Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is going to Kenya on the invitation of CARE foreign, the charity devoted to operating with neighborhood groups to eliminate poverty all over the world. Kenya, typically considered as the cradle of mankind, is a land of contrasts, with recognized video game reserves, lovely landscapes, and a colourful cultural culture. It additionally offers lots to fret a tourist like invoice Bryson, fixated as he's at the hazards posed via snakes, bugs and massive predators. yet on a extra sober notice, it's a kingdom that stocks many severe human and environmental issues of the remainder of Africa: refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty. traveling round the nation, Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the ensuing diary, although brief in size, comprises the trademark Bryson stamp of wry commentary and curious perception. all of the author's royalties from "Bill Bryson's African Diary", in addition to all gains, will visit CARE overseas.
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They want to take his place. The peasantry is systematically disregarded for the most part by the propaganda put out by the nationalist parties. And it is clear that in the colonial countries the peasants alone are revolutionary, for they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The starving peasant, outside the class system, is the first among the exploited to discover that only violence pays. For him there is no compromise, no possible coming to terms; colonization and decolonization are simply a question of relative strength.
It transforms spectators crushed with their inessentiality into privileged actors, with the grandiose glare of history's floodlights upon them. It brings a natural rhythm into existence, introduced by new men, and with it a new language and a new humanity. Decolonization is the veritable creation of new men. But this creation owes nothing of its legitimacy to any supernatural power; the Concerning Violence / 37 "thing" which has been colonized becomes man during the same process by which it frees itself.
In the first place there are the politi cal parries and the intellectual or commercial elites. Now, the characteristic feature of certain political structures is that they proclaim abstract principles but refrain from issuing definite commands. " The national political parties never lay stress upon the neces sity of a trial of armed strength, for the good reason that their objective is not the radical overthrowing of the sys tem. " On the specific question of violence, the elite are ambiguous.