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"Couldn't there be more intercultural exchange OUR way?"

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Kindly read Khalid's article a...

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On 29 January, when the Tanzanian Parliament (Bunge) was assembled in Dodoma, an owl flew in and watched the assembly. The owl is seen in Tanzanian (e...

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"Couldn't there be more intercultural exchange OUR way?"

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Before you read my note below from November 2013 I should add that I've grown to like German men, in particular their liberal minds and grundlichkeit (and for getting me out of problematic situations in South Sudan more than once). 

 

// Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan, November 13, 2013:
Big, red-headed, German bloke greets me at the lunch table at the World Food Programme tukul, sits down at my table, and starts to offload: 

 

'I'm in charge here. Fortunately only for a week. It's not stressing me but I really don't understand their* level of communication. I tell them to write emails, they say yes, but instead they use their phone!' 

 

I squeeze in a comment about 'verbal communication just appears to be more preferred here', and he goes: 

 

'Yes, but couldn't there be more intercultural exchange OUR way? More institutionalised organisation rather than based on personality?' 

 

At this point I lied and said I had a meeting to attend a little bit further down the road.

 

*) South Sudanese
 

 

 

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PhD Fellow, MA in African Studies, former journalist and development worker. Heart tilted towards the Balkans & East Africa: Refugees, Peripheries, Imaginaries & Humanitarianism