Continent of Mothers, Continent of Hope

Understanding and Promoting Development in Africa Today

Torild Skard

Continent of Mothers, Continent of Hope

Torild Skard

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842771068 Published April 2003 For sale in North and South America only
What is Africa really like today? For all the ordinary townsmen, villagers, and particularly mothers, breadwinners and children who live there? Cutting through the Western media‘s stereotype picture of a continent wracked only by civil conflict and AIDS, Torild Skard has written an engrossing introduction to a continent in change. Based on her extensive travels through the length and breadth of the region when she served as UNICEF‘s Director in West and Central Africa in the 1990s, this experienced writer combines eyewitness accounts, lively description and deeply informed insight to portray the human reality of Africa today. With honesty, cultural sensitivity and a commitment especially to women, she frankly describes the social, health and other problems experienced by its people, but also the sources of hope for the future represented by courageous individuals, innovative community-level projects and sensible programmes being implemented in the region by the international agency whose work she coordinated. 

This highly readable account ranges over the social, economic and political realities of modern-day Africa, as well as introducing the reader to its history and complex cultures. 

It is ideal for the general reader, Sixth Form students and particularly aid workers, agency staff and volunteers who are about to travel or work in the Continent.
Contents

Glossary
Abbreviations

1. Bereavement - What do we mean by bereavement?
2. Out in the unknown with UNICEF

PART I: WORKING WITH WOMEN AND CHILDREN
3. Betrayed, bereaved and brutalised: The merciless realities of war
4. Concealed calamity: Stopping the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
5. An exploding agenda: Chasing childhood killer diseases
6. Mysterious modern medicine men: Towards the goal of health for all
7. Motherhood and martyrdom: Breaking centuries of silence and neglect
8. Searching for the excluded from school: Experiments with new forms of education, particularly for girls
9. The lost children: Ruthless exploitation of the weakest
10. Dangerous food and drink: Progress with simple means

PART II: A JOURNEY IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY
11. From emperors of the desert to the white man's yoke: Centuries of history with greatness and humiliation
12. Poor amid the riches: Hard work with a meagre outcome
13. Democracy in khaki: Western models and African realities
14. Queen mothers and market women: Modernization with regard to discrimination against women
15. Where the masks speak: Undervalued traditional culture
16. Between village and metropolis: Mixture of traditional and modern

PART III: CONCLUSION
17. Our beloved Africa: Is a renaissance possible?
18. Hidden hope: The world's least touched resources

Appendix
Select bibliography
Index
Glossary
Abbreviations

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