reaching us first! But we were completely safe as it turned out and thrilled to see
this huge creature living in such an unlikely environment.
At a dinner one night we conversed with Agnes who runs Desert Rhino Camp, with
Raymond the coordinator & driver for the safaris and Consigy who was the grandson
of a reformed rhino hunter. We felt that we had real person-to-person conversations
with these three people and learned much about why Namibia is already a successful
African nation in a sea of failed states. The interest in education that all three of
these young people evinced, as well as their personal ambitions to better their own lives,
that of their families, and the society at large, was inspiring. They all saw the value of
learning skills that were marketable, of conserving their country’s natural resources
and making sure that they were used to benefit all, and of preserving the natural
They were politically aware of what was going on in the country and were eager to see
Namibia prosper and progress. Raymond and Agnes were continuing their educations
at university and clearly had profited from their earlier basic education.
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