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I have had many thoughts about the recent earthquake in Haiti and the world’s response to it; many of my thoughts are reflections and elaborations of feelings I’ve felt a great deal before as I’ve watched people respond to other issues in countries “abroad.”  They are feelings and thoughts that are difficult to express, but I have found a man who speaks some of them very well, so I’ll let him do the talking for now at least.

K’naan, a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, and musician, gives some thoughts on Haiti just before performing for the Canada for Haiti telethon:


The FIFA 2010 World Cup will be hosted in South Africa.  This will be the first time the World Cup has been hosted by an African nation.  Therefore, I think it is fitting that Coca-Cola has chosen a song by African-born artist K’naan as their 2010 World Cup Anthem.  Plus, I love this song.

Also interesting, South Africa has chosen the official mascot of this year’s World Cup to be Zakumi, an anthropomorphised leopard with green hair. His name comes from “ZA”, the internationl abbreviation for South Africa, and “kumi”, a word that means “ten” in various African languages, including kiSwahili.  The character’s birthday is said to be June 16, 1994, which is Youth Day in South Africa.  1994 is also the year of the first non-racial nationwide elections in South Africa.  Nelson Mandela was elected President and the elections were considered to mark the end of apartheid.

Here are some sketches Lauren drew up of our team.  Learn more about our team and our upcoming move to Tanzania at:

Sarah and Andrew Fraser

Ross and Heather Kellis

Kristina and Caleb Meeks

Lauren and Travis Trull

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