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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 17/11/2014 Time: 08:48:55
Why would North Africans think about Christmas? Most of them are Muslim, aren't they?

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 17/11/2014 Time: 11:18:49
Errr, isn't the Ebola outbreak happening in West Africa?

Guinea is mostly Muslim, Liberia mostly Christian, Sierra Leone predominantly Muslim.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 18/11/2014 Time: 11:52:56
ah yes, the West....sorry.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Gab45
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Date: 19/11/2014 Time: 17:02:26

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Winterval???

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 19/11/2014 Time: 18:57:06
I was being provocative.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 20/11/2014 Time: 08:45:57
Bono has started to remind me of some kind of weird larvae...the way a larvae accumulates energy(fat?) reserves by munching away....Bono is worth around 600 million, I read. That's a lot of reserves!

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Gab45
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Date: 20/11/2014 Time: 12:30:06

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Maybe he's storing it up for Winterval.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Old Chap
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Date: 21/11/2014 Time: 02:41:42

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I've worked in West Africa(Sierra Leone)although it is predominantly Islamic, there are a lot of Christians there, a lot of Christian missions, schools, tiny churches in the villages along side the Mosques. Although the country has had it's problems, the different religions on the whole live in harmony, they do celebrate Xmas, often you will see a tree covered with simple Xmas decorations as you drive through villages. I'm currently living in Malaysia which is an Islamic state, the shopping malls and stores have a lot of Xmas decorations, even although there is currently some tension between Christians and Muslims.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 21/11/2014 Time: 09:58:57
they do know it's Christmas, then.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Gab45
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Date: 22/11/2014 Time: 11:27:31

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More importantly, do you think the song gives the impression that Africa is a continent constantly in the grip of poverty, famine, war and plague and so discourage tourism and development opportunities?

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 22/11/2014 Time: 13:27:21
yes I read an article that talked about that.

But the idea of Africans starving, and Westerners as the angels of mercy, is too compelling a narrative to be abandoned by charities, politicians etc.

or something like that.

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Do they know it's Winterval at all? by Anonymous Coward
Date: 29/11/2014 Time: 16:29:06
A few of my NHS friends will be going out soon to work as bench lab techs in the affected areas. Fair play to them.

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