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Meet Ginger: An African Village Dog

My name is Princess Ginger Popsicle-stick, aka Ginger, Gingy, Gingy-Pop, Miss Popsicle-stick, Princess Pop, the list goes on (this is what happens when you are named by a committee of 10-year-olds).

I am an African Village Dog. Yes, that is a real thing. We are practically our own breed. In Southern Africa we are called Africanis.

I'm not like the dogs you've met in America. Besides being exceptionally cuter, I act a little differently and I'm treated a little differently.

Most people in the village are scared of me (although my human tries to teach kids to love me, which I appreciate). Even when I was a puppy, little kids would run scared from me.

Unlike American dogs, my friends and I aren't allowed inside the house, but I like to test my limits ;) I have yet to convince my human to let me stay in the house through the night, but I'm working on it.

This is my bed. Who needs an expensive dog bed when you can have a comfy spot in the grass that you flattened yours…

Do I contribute to the "African Stereotype"?

“Eat your dinner, there are starving kids in Africa!” 
Be honest, have you ever used that phrase, or one similar? I know I have.

“There are starving kids in Africa”. Have you ever wondered why you believe that to be true? Well, it’s probably because that is what you were raised hearing.

I don’t disagree with that statement, because there definitely are starving children on this continent, but there are also overweight children in Africa. And guess what? Africa isn’t the only continent with starving children. But for some reason, the two have become synonymous in our minds.

Westerners tend to think of Africa as a continent of poor, starving, sick people because that is the single story we’ve been fed our whole lives. Although that story is accurate of a portion of Africa, it’s painfully incomplete.

Avoid a single story
As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in her influential Ted Talk, The danger of a single story, “the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are in…

How to be a Global Citizen

Welcome to 2017. Eish.
This year I am taking part in Blogging Abroad's 2017 New Years Blog Challenge: 10 blog posts in 10 weeks, about living and blogging abroad. I might also post personal blogs during that time (cause I just got back from some awesome trips), but I'll let you know which are which. I'm excited to take part in this challenge, explore some new topics, and grow my online blog community!
Let's do this...
A Global Citizen recognizes that all actions have consequences, and not just for ourselves or our community, but for the world. 

People today are connected and interdependent in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. In the past, issues affecting other parts of the world seemed as distant as the issues affecting soap opera stars, but today, people live tweet from Syrian refugee camps and the impact of the US presidential election is felt far outside the US. And my 30-second appearance on Impractical Jokers shows up on South Afr…