Genocide. Starving babies. HIV/AIDS. These are the images of Africa all too prevalent in the Western media.
As New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof wrote a few weeks ago:
“Mention Africa in polite company, and those around you may grimace, shake their heads sadly and profess sympathy. Oh, all those wars! Those diseases! Those dictators!”
But as Kristof went on to say, Africa is a lot more promising and hopeful than most Westerners acknowledge. And Africans themselves are working hard to use available technologies to get good news stories about their continent out to the rest of the world.