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Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Northern Central Africa

Central African Republic, Sudan (South Sudan!), Chad and Cameroon -These are the countries of Northern Central Africa. Where the Blue and White Nile Rivers join to form the great Nile River -the longest river in the world!
-Geography Songs

Cameroon and Central African Republic

Cameroon is very near the equator, so it is hot most of the time and receives very little rain. The people of Cameroon have traditionally built their houses with sun-dried mud bricks. 
Cameroon Ginger Beer Recipe from Marie's Pastiche
One of my favorite blogs, Marie's Pastiche recently posted a recipe for Cameroon-style Ginger beer, and since I love ginger and lemons, I just had to give it a try. She also has some wonderful facts about Cameroon, such as how it got its name and that it has the nickname, "Africa in Miniature."
A pygmy is a member of an ethnic group whose average height is unusually short. African pygmies live in the Central African Republic and Cameroon. They also live in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo, the Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. Most Pygmy communities are partially hunter-gatherers, living partially but not exclusively on the wild products of their environment. They hunt with nets and bow and arrows, sometimes using poison on the arrows. They also gather plants and honey.

Books To Read:
  • The Market Bowl, Jim Averbeck
  • My Heart Will Not Sit Down, Mara Rockliff
  • Sense Pass King, Katrin Tchana
  • The King and The Tortoise, Tololwa M. Mollel 
  • The Village of Round and Square Houses, Ann Grifalconi

Sudan and South Sudan

We have just finished a thorough study of Egypt in our history and geography studies and so they were interested to find out that Nubia is a region along the Nile river, located in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. 
Sudan was the largest country in Africa and the Arab world until 2011, when South Sudan separated into an independent country, South Sudan has suffered internal conflict since its independence. 
For much of Sudan's history the nation has suffered from rampant ethnic strife and has been plagued by internal conflicts including two civil wars and the War in the Darfur region.

1 comment:

  1. I do find how borders change to be very interesting. I found a youtube video that went through the changes in European borders over the past 1000 years in about 5 minutes. I wonder what it would look like for Africa...

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