While we prepare for our journey, we must understand the challenges

Stuffed animals on windowsill at Teddy Bear Clinic, where abused women are treated in Johannesburg. (AP Photo/ Denis Farrell)

Stuffed animals on windowsill at Teddy Bear Clinic, where abused women are treated in Johannesburg.
(AP Photo/ Denis Farrell)

As the class prepares for our journey to South Africa, an article popped up on Yahoo that made me think. In a few short months the class will head to South Africa to gain a better understanding of the world around them. Of different cultures.

We also need to take into account the challenges that people face. They may not be visible to us, but they have a great effect on the culture of a country.

Rape is not something that is discussed all that much publicly, although it unfortunately has an effect on every community around the world.

It would be very easy for us as tourists to have a one dimensional perspective of the communities we visit. Tourists don’t go out of their way to find out the statistics.

The normal visitor to South Africa may not know that 1 in 4 South African are raped.

Or that the victims range from babies to senior citizens.

By the end of this course, the hope is that students will be able to take the knowledge and information they have accumulated throughout the semester to not only understand the challenges, but to hopefully think of ways to exact change.

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