Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Former Rwandan tour guide (and current Paw Paw resident) retells story of African elephant through illustrated child's book
"A good children's book touches the heart of it's young readers, and leaves them with a lesson learned. Mutware, The Amazing Elephant of Akagera Park, Rwanda is one of those books. This soft cover children's book, geared to a level that encourages reading, is a true story based on the experiences of Francois Nambajimana as told to Kathleen Weisner.
Francois Nambajimana of Paw Paw is a native of Rwanda in central Africa, where he was a renowned tour guide and expert on the natural places and animals of his native country. He shared his knowledge with many tourists until problems in Rwanda following the civil war brought him to the United States in 1999.
Nambajimana is an expert on the famed Mountain Gorillas of Karisoke Park in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. He learned his skill from the late Dian Fossey, who founded the research center there."
That's one stark conclusion of an annual "State of Black America" report, issued by the National Urban League, a civil rights group based in New York.
Also, a jobs gap with white Americans has widened. African-Americans had a jobless rate 4.6 percent higher than that of white Americans as the recession began in 2007, and now that difference has grown to 6.8 percent. Hispanic Americans don't confront as large a chasm with whites, but the gap for them has also grown significantly in the past 30 months, according to Labor Department data."www.csmonitor.com/Money/2010/0728/Recession-widened-jobs-gap-between-blacks-and-whites