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Fred and Donanne Hunter

LOVE in the Time of Apartheid

Dear Travels in Africa Readers, Nice to connect with you again. It’s been almost a year since I last published a post on this Travels in Africa blog. Why now? What’s changed? There’s good news! The Permanent Press of Sag Harbor, New York, has just published my new novel LOVE IN THE TIME OF APARTHEID. […]

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As the recent TIA posts recorded our departure from East Africa, the question arose: Is there anything more for TIA to report each week? The posts started in late 2010, five years ago. There have been some 250 of them. They’ve taken readers from a beginning with Donanne in high school in Port Elizabeth, South […]

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Last week’s post mentioned that in mid-1972 rumors began to float around East Africa about bad things happening in Uganda. What exactly they were we Nairobi-based journalists did not really know, possibly violent tribal rivalries in the Uganda army. Why didn’t we know? Wasn’t it our job, after all, to know – go and find […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: A Year at the Edge of the Jungle, 2015

TIA honcho Fred Hunter wants you to know that A YEAR AT THE EDGE OF THE JUNGLE, his memoir of a challenging, dangerous and coming-of-age time in the small Congo town of Coquilhatville fifty years ago, has just been published by Cune Press of Seattle. It’s now available at Here’s how he happened to […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Sunrise of Africa School, Kitengela, Kenya, 2015

This week TIA is delighted to publish a contributor post written by an American married to a Kenyan. She is Margaretta wa Gacheru, a journalist at the Nation Media Group in Nairobi. She informs us about the Sunrise of Africa School’s participation in an upcoming Nairobi fund-raising event. It’s crucial to the school’s ability to […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Mbere, Kenya, 1971, part two

TIA is running a multi-part account of a trip Donanne and I took in May, 1971, to visit David, an anthropologist friend, in rural Kenya. This is part two. The next morning as David, Donanne and I finished breakfast, Anastasio appeared out of nowhere. Suddenly he was sitting comfortably among us as if he had […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: South Africa, 1970

After our visit to Rhodesia – as Zimbabwe was then called – we went to South Africa where an election was about to be held. We arrived the last week of March and left the first week of June. South Africa is a place of great beauty, but was then a country of great cruelty. […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Samburu Christmas, Kenya, 1980s

Pamela Hussey went for broke when she learned her tour in Kenya was coming to an end. Read on… When I knew I was going to leave Kenya after four years, I wrote a number of friends and told them they had a very narrow window to come and visit before I left. I said […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Back in the States, 1973

Fred Hunter returned to the States after four years of living in Nairobi.  Had he been too long in Africa?  Here’s why he wondered: In the early 1960s when I served as a USIS officer in the Congo, showing films to village audiences in the bush, a tale was told to explain primitive peoples.  It […]

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If Fred Hunter did not take many trips outside of Nairobi for a time after his son’s birth, it was partly because the story out of neighboring Uganda deserved coverage.  To explain why he – and others – did not race up to nearby Kampala to do the reportage requires some detailing of the backstory. […]

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