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Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson
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May 17, 2011

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Bill Bryson, a great travel writer, went to Africa and wrote about things he saw there so he could donate the proceeds of this book to CARE. That in itself would make the purchase of the book worthwhile. However, because it was Bill writing the book, it was both enlightening and entertaining to read. Bill wrote about Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi where at least 50,000 children have AIDS, where the average shanty is 10 feet by 10 feet and houses 5-6 people with no running water, no rubbish collection, no electricity, or flush toilets. Bill always entertains us by telling us about things such as "flying toilets", which is a plastic beg thrown out at night, to get rid of the human waste.

Bill also tells us of his experience in a small charter plane during a thunderstorm, where the pilot could barely see the runway.

Although there are shortages everywhere in these communities, Bill shows the people struggling to survive and shows how CARE and other organizations can help. He encourages us to visit the website at

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