Owing to some ill-health for both of our guests, all activities were cancelled giving some of the staff a more laid-back working day. But with an enthusiasm they later came to regret, our two resident voluntourists (Steve and Farinoz) headed up to our outstation, Makeidon, with Manny to help on the project to build a new coral.
A week of no guests provided me with ample time to browse the various bookshelves around the Lodge and uncover the dated, and often torn, contents that had been quietly resting on the hardwood, busy collecting dust and bat droppings.
From flicking through the available publications, I was reminded of the rich history that both the Lodge and the region hold.
Frantz Fanon, in his classic account of colonialism and violence, The Wretched of the Earth, went to great length and detail explaining the elements needed to overthrow a colonial oppressor.
Most obvious in his writing is his acceptance for, and at times the encouragement of, violence. This violence is to be directed at those foreigners who subdue and suppress the native national people.
Throughout the book Fanon speaks of the need to remove the foreign presence in the land in order for the country to gain its independence and its own character.
Whilst many claim that the days of colonialism are over, we should not be so naive, or arrogant, to believe that this is true. Though the nations of Africa have gained their independence from their colonial overlords, a more sinister form of colonialism still exists upon the continent.
Around 10 months ago, whilst searching for employment and a positive way to spend my time, I applied for International Citizen Service, a wonderful opportunity to go abroad and aid poverty alleviation in some of the poorest countries in the world. I attended an interview in London, and was lucky enough to get accepted for a place with Raleigh International on a ten week project in Tanzania. I could not wait to take part, and began to research the project and the area where I was going to be visiting.