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Musings from LACE members
The questions that we get in the U.S.A.:
HOW IS AFRICA? IS IT HOT?
It is no hotter than the northeast in July, or Arizona in August.
When we lived in Zambia, we built a fire in the fireplace in May.
WHAT ARE THE FORESTS LIKE; DO THEY EVEN HAVE ANY?
The forests are beautiful and well-used. They are more important to all the people
who live in small towns because every day forest products and wildlife are
harvested for construction, medicine, food, ceremonies, and crafts. Some of the
smallest trees are the most important to daily life.
IS IT SAFE?
We have worked in places where it felt safe. ADVICE: In big cities, you don't
go out alone at night and you don't walk in isolated areas, just like in the U.S. In
general, when you are in a strange land, you do not go alone. It always helps to
know the language, at least the language of the former colonial power. AND:
drive a vehicle as if something unexpected will happen at any moment.