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What brain drain?

African Bullets & Honey offers a very different perspective on the African "brain drain" issue. The writer is a "stressed doctoral candidate" in the UK of Kenyan origin. He/she puts it bluntly: "If You Think Africa is Suffering From a Brain Drain, Your Brain is Drained".

The comments below the post are worse perusing. There are some very poetic responses from other members of the Kenyan diaspora:

"When we are away we afford the diginity of life and hope of progress for our loved ones. Our toil yields in itself a seed that is planted when a brother is educated, a home or rent is paid.

Our exodus is not one of sheer defeat but an energising hope to fight to realise our dreams and give our loved ones those opportunities that have long been stolen..."

Via Global Voices

May 31, 2005 | Permalink


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David Styan has a great piece in oD this week about the remittance economy developing in Africa:

"Like Yohannes’s relatives, almost a million of Ethiopia’s 70 million population now live abroad; most in the United States, but with sizeable minorities in Europe and the Arab gulf states. The growing volume of their remittances and investments are now central characteristics of the country’s economy and society."

Read it here:

Posted by: Becky Hogge | 1 Jun 2005 13:15:41

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