The boat belongs to The Marine & Coastal Environment Management Project and is meant to be used to patrol the Chole Bay Marine Park, off Mafia Island, Tanzania. This is still quite a pristine marine park with an abundance of beautiful live coral and fish. Every visitor who enters the marine park is charged twenty dollars to discourage fishing and encourage conservation. This boat hasn't left the beach for two years. I also saw fishing boats, lobster pots and discarded fishing line tangled in the coral reef. This highlighted for me the tension between the need for the people of Mafia to earn a living (mostly through fishing) and the race against time for conservation a problem facing us worldwide.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.