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Elephants

The title of this blog refers to an ancient Indian folktale, known as “The Blind Men and the Elephant.”  The story follows that one day an elephant arrives at a village of blind men.   Never having encountered an elephant before, the men feel the elephant one by one to determine what it is.  One man feels the it’s leg and says an elephant is like a pillar.  Another feels its tail and says an elephant is like a rope.  One feels the trunk says an elephant is like a tree branch while one feels the belly says an elephant is like a wall.  The men remain in disagreement until a wise man explains to them that they are all correct.   While their accounts may seem to contradict, each is true for each knows a piece of the whole.

Africa is portrayed to the Western world as poor, starving, sick, and war-torn.  While there is truth within this narrative, it does not tell the whole story.  Other truths reveal the great diversity, wealth, richness, and ingenuity that Africa also contains.  A significant reason I’m living and working in Uganda is to gain new perspectives on different “elephants” I am curious about.   My understanding of Africa, Uganda, war, peace, feminism, development, and theology will be challenged and transformed by the people I meet and the contexts in which I live.  I hope to use this blog to share these varied truths I encounter along the way.  Thanks for reading!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 11:35 pm

    “Africa is portrayed to the Western world as poor, starving, sick, and war-torn. While there is truth within this narrative, it does not tell the whole story.” Well said, Liz! And nice work with the new platform. A very elegant design. I’m looking forward to reading about more truths encountered along the way. Does my subscription come with a tote bag?

  2. September 9, 2010 10:19 pm

    This is wonderful. I really do admire you, Elizabeth Moreno!

  3. Jackie Farah permalink
    March 30, 2011 6:09 pm

    I am deeply touched by the experiences you are communicating. I lived in rural Ethiopia for five years and know first hand the beauty of the many countries of Africa–the beauty of the people, the environment, and the spirit. Thanks for bringing this reality to people in this way.

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