Ó Chósta go Cósta

By Frank Reidy

(An Irish-language title)Winner of Gradam Ui Shuilleabhain, booklet of the yr Award 2010. In 1994 the military officer, Frank Reidy was once despatched to jap Africa to help the United countries attempt that was once assembled to house the humanitarian difficulty attributable to genocide in Rwanda. during this publication the writer returns to jap Africa, hoping to work out one other aspect of the continent. pictures of Africa that aren't so universal in Western media, frequently all in favour of tales of famine, struggle, political fraud, and incessant complication. the writer sails round the Kenyan coast in a standard dhow, visits Barack Obama's grandmother, and learns in regards to the country's advanced and tragic background. He is going on safari within the Maasai Mara nationwide park. He visits Uganda to determine how Irish Governmental reduction has helped that kingdom. And he returns to Rwanda to determine how they're progressing within the years following genocide. this can be a commute booklet, a heritage e-book, a resource of knowledge and a ebook of politics – it's a e-book that anybody with an curiosity in Africa will have fun with.

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